NPD's Role in US Immigration Policy Enforcement

Date of Press Release: 
Tue, 01/31/2017
Press Release By: 
Chief Keith Humphrey

The City of Norman continues to monitor the developments in U.S. immigration policy resulting from President Trump’s new executive order. The only part of President Trump’s order that mentions local jurisdictions states:

It is the policy of the executive branch that, to the extent permitted by law and as practicable, State and local jurisdictions be granted a role in the process of determining the placement or settlement in their jurisdictions of aliens eligible to be admitted to the United States as refugees. To that end, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall examine existing law to determine the extent to which, consistent with applicable law, State and local jurisdictions may have greater involvement in the process of determining the placement or resettlement of refugees in their jurisdictions, and shall devise a proposal to lawfully promote such involvement.

I have consulted with City staff and they agree that this language does not require a change to any of the Norman Police Department’s current practices. While persons detained or arrested for committing other criminal offenses may be held for up to 48 hours while their immigration status is determined, NPD does not have jurisdiction to actively enforce federal immigration laws. Any queries regarding the process of incarcerated individuals and immigration status should be directed to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office.

As a community that strives to be inclusive and embraces cooperative community policing, the City of Norman wishes to reassure all of its law-abiding citizens that their rights, freedoms, and liberties will continue to be respected and encourages its citizens to request police assistance when they need help or when they have ideas that they believe will enhance community security and safety.