MPD statement on immigration – videos in Spanish and Somali

The Minneapolis Police Department has made a statement on its role in immigration with videos in Spanish and Somali:

There has been much discussion on a national level about local law enforcement and immigration. The Minneapolis Police Department uses the following ordinance to govern its actions.

The Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Title 2, Chapter 19 states:

“Public safety officials shall not undertake any law enforcement action for the purpose of detecting the presence of undocumented persons, or to verify immigration status, including but not limited to questioning any person or persons about their immigration status.”

MPD has a policy known as “Police Authority in Immigration Matters,” which states:

“The United States Code empowers the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security, as the sole authority in immigration matters. This means that state and local law enforcement agencies have no authority with respect to immigration violations.

“Officers shall not independently undertake to approach, interview, interrogate, detain or arrest any suspected illegal alien or refugee when potential violation of the federal immigration law is the principal issue. Neither shall any officer independently seek to ascertain a suspected illegal alien’s status.”

English and Spanish videos

English and Somali videos

Published Dec 19, 2016