Group Turns to Doña Ana County Leaders to Regulate Procedures for Sheriff's Deputies
DOÑA ANA — The Taskforce for Immigrant Advocacy and Services plans to meet with the Doña Ana County Commissioners Tuesday, to request that County Sheriff's stop asking for immigration status during traffic stops.
The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department denies it is happening.
Group members claim they have fielded complaints from residents in Hatch, Chaparral Anthony and Las Cruces.
The group believes that asking for immigration status causes migrants to lose trust in local law enforcement, even when they are victims or witnesses to a crime.
Sheriff Todd Garrison said the department does not ask people their immigration status, but they do ask people to clarify who they are when they can't find their records.
The meeting will be from 9:00a.m. - 10:30a.m. at the Doña Ana County Building at 845 Motel Blvd.