URGENT ADVOCACY LETTER – MICHIGAN STATE POLICE
It’s not enough that our Federal Government is attacking our immigrant community members through harsh immigration policy changes, rule making, executive orders, and damaging rhetoric. Now, our own Michigan State Police are using their limited resources to assist U.S. Customs and Border Patrol enforce federal immigration law.
In his July 17, 2018, letter to Northwest Michigan Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust, Seventh District Commander Michael A. Caldwell admitted that on July 5, 2018, a State Police trooper stopped a vehicle for allegedly having a defective exhaust system, and upon ascertaining that two passengers in the vehicle had identification issued by the Mexican government, detained the vehicle’s occupants until another trooper, accompanied by a CBP agent, could be summoned to the scene to question the passengers.
Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates and other organizations have long been aware of collaboration of local, county, and state police with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and CBP. This letter, however, is one the first admissions by MSP to overt collaboration.
We will not stand for this type of collaboration. It is a misuse of taxpayer dollars and the state’s limited resources. It puts our communities in danger by eroding already tenuous public trust in law enforcement agencies. It is a violation of MSP’s mission and goals. And it represents barely disguised racist and nationalistic policies.
Help us demand change by printing this letter and mailing it to Governor Snyder, the Michigan State Police, your local state representative, the Michigan Office of New Americans, and the Michigan Hispanic Latino Commission. Be sure to edit the Word doc so that the address, salutation, and your sign-off are all correct!