WASHINGTON (WDTN) – Dayton Chief of Police Richard Biehl is in Washington testifying about sanctuary cities.
The House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security is holding hearings Thursday. Chief Biehl is among those testifying about immigration reform and the impact it has on communities.
In the hearing, Biehl expressed his concern about proposed legislation he says would harm public safety and, “do nothing to fix our immigration system.”
Biehl also said, “Had immigration reform passed, undocumented Dayton residents would have a mechanism to come forward and register, helping law enforcement know who is present in the community. Instead this population remains in the shadows.”
Biehl had even more to say. He explained to the committee that immigration enforcement is a federal responsibility. He said asking local law enforcement to take on this duty, “undermines the trust and cooperation with immigrant communities that are essential elements of community oriented policing.”