By Bill McCarthy, Polk County Sheriff
As the elected sheriff of Polk County, Iowa, I am compelled to speak out against immigration proposals that would interfere with our crime solving and community policing efforts.
Policies, laws and lawsuits that keep immigrants and their families from cooperating with local law enforcement make our communities less safe.
Our job at the local level is to deal with the reality we are confronted with: solving crime and maintaining public safety.
We understand that our primary mission is to deal with the community in which we live. Law enforcement cannot expect to receive cooperation from the immigrant community if they suspect that we as local law enforcement officers are going to separate them from their families—including their children.
Mutual trust is the only way we can obtain consistent help—not just from immigrant community members—but anyone else in the cities and counties we serve.