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Local law enforcement sits down with the community to discuss immigration

CURE held a forum for local law enforcement and community members to talk about their role in immigration policies.

Posted: Jul. 25, 2018 11:42 AM
Updated: Jul. 25, 2018 1:21 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- After weeks of protests and claims against the Olmsted County Sheriff, Kevin Torgerson, CURE set up a forum to discuss the role local law enforcement plays in immigration. 

Sheriff Torgerson and Interim Police Chief John Sherwin with the Rochester Police Department were both in attendance along with many CURE members and curious community members. 

The question that was asked over, and over again, "Why does the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office collaborate with ICE with several other counties and how long has this policy been in place?"

And every time Sheriff Torgerson explained, "We have no interaction with ICE as agents of ICE, which I think you have mentioned we don't do that, it's not our job. John mentioned that already that it's not in our by statute, it's not what we do. I've said it so many times. It's not our job to go out and look for folks who may be undocumented." 

Both agencies agreed that they will never ask for documentation for something minor. The only time they will ask for documentation is if a person is arrested and brought to the detention center. They also stated that they accept any form of ID. 

Both said they hate knowing that some people are not seeking out help or calling 911 when there is an emergency because of fear of being reported to ICE.

Interim Chief Sherwin stated, "we don't ask people their citizenship. if you live in this city and you call for help, you are going to receive police services."

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