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Local Law Enforcement Project

Katrina Eiland (’10), Michelle Parris (’10), Tina Cheng (’10) and Brian Goldman (’10) worked with Congregations Organizing for Renewal (COR), a community-based organization in Hayward, California, to investigate concerns about local law enforcement agents enforcing federal immigration laws, and to provide COR with recommendations for potential legislative solutions. Katrina and Michelle developed and led several community-based events, conducted in Spanish, to gain firsthand information about community residents’ experiences with local police, and authored a report on their findings. Tina and Brian conducted a nationwide analysis of possible legislative solutions to local police-immigration enforcement, and presented their recommendations to community leaders working to prevent local police from enforcing federal immigration laws in Hayward. COR is now well-equipped to conduct local advocacy to obtain an ordinance that prevents police from targeting immigrant communities.