In early February, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman joined Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; senior law enforcement officials from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); and former New York, Los Angeles, and Boston Police Chief Bill Bratton Wednesday at the White House. They discussed strides made in securing US borders, immigration issues affecting local police forces, and the importance of immigration reform.
Sheriff Chapman and other front line law enforcement officials discussed the roles, responsibilities, concerns and impact local law enforcement has with undocumented immigrants in their respective communities.
“It was an honor to be asked to participate in this small, select group of law enforcement officials chosen, nationwide, to meet at the White House and to discuss immigration reform,” said Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman. “I was happy to hear a variety of opinions, suggestions, and solutions offered by the attendees, and to represent our community concerns in the immigration debate.”
The sheriffs and chiefs had the opportunity to examine a multitude of ideas and concerns with IACP President Craig T. Steckler, DHS Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Alan Bersin, Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West, and Director of White House Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz about the challenges and successes in their local jurisdictions and were briefed on
current policy and programs.
A bipartisan group of senators released a framework for broad immigration reform including a conditional path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, reforms to the legal immigration system based upon the needs of the economy, creation of an employment verification system, and an improved process for admitting future workers.