The Impact of Law Enforcement Tactics on Us

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IMPACT ON US LAW ENFORCEMENT TACTICS The current violence and drug traffic in Mexico presents a twofold problem in regards to domestic law enforcement in the United States. Not only are US law enforcement authorities required to combat the massive influx of illicit drugs from Mexico, they are also expected to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, many fleeing the dire circumstances in their home country, and also to quell fears of cartel violence spilling over our largely unsecured southern border. This has led to a fundamental shift in domestic the law enforcement tactics in the United States as well as an increased US law enforcement presence in Mexico itself. Local and State law enforcement agencies are increasingly being asked to…show more content…
Second, leaders in immigrant communities often support local enforcement of immigration law when it involves violent crime but are sometimes reluctant to cooperate if residents are being targeted for simple immigration violations. Next, some local community leaders worry that programs such as 287 (g) amount to little more than money transfers from local jurisdictions to the federal government. Finally, some leaders in immigrant communities complain that immigration raids and enforcement leads to community fear and hardships for families broken up by the enforcement of established immigration law. As can be seen, the criticisms of allowing local and state law enforcement to enforce and investigate federal law are a unique issue for departments whose traditional responsibilities centered on the enforcement of local statutory law. It is yet to be known whether or not this evolution of the role of local law enforcement will have a net gain or net loss in community safety over the long term. In communities near the border that may be experiencing an uptick in crime attributed to Mexican cartels, this shift in tactical strategy may be a welcome addition, while in communities far removed from cartel violence it may be viewed as little more than a way for the local police to secure government funds at the potential detriment of the communities own needs. It is interested to note, however, that the spread
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