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LEITF is made of members of the legal system and law enforcement who are committed to protecting all members of their communities — and committed to supporting policies that promote their ability to do so. June 15, 2022, marked the ten-year anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which allows undocumented people who were brought to this country as young children to stay here on a temporary basis. These young children have never known any other country but the United States, have grown up here and are very much a part of our communities.
Sheriff Jerry Clayton stated in the article, “I believe the best way for law enforcement to support Dreamers is to speak up and advocate whenever the opportunity presents itself, not just for DACA but for comprehensive permanent immigration reform. Immigration has always added to the American Dream. Dreamers are a consistent and successful reminder of what is possible when we do the right thing. The data shows that Dreamers are achievers and contributors, just as the vast majority of immigrants, both documented and undocumented, are. It makes our communities safer and law enforcement easier when we have trusting, cooperative relationships with all the people who we are pledged to serve.” To read the full LEITF blog article and all of Sheriff Clayton’s comments Click here.