Police Chiefs Lobby Trump to Stop Detaining Immigrant Families

June 28, 2018 AT 10:00 AM

Dozens of law enforcement officials from both parties wrote an open letter to top lawmakers on Wednesday urging them to adopt alternatives to the Trump administration’s policy of detaining immigrant families.

Forty-eight current and former police chiefs and sheriffs, all members of the pro-immigration Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force (LEITF), signed the letter against the policy detaining immigrant families.

LEITF launched in 2015 and is backed by the National Immigration Forum.

The officials wrote that while they were encouraged by President Trump's order ending the policy of separating immigrant families at the border, they "do not believe that across-the-board family detention is the solution to family separation."

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