October 19, 2011
Mayor Vincent C. Gray Signs Order Protecting Residents from Unnecessary Inquiries into Immigration Status
Executive Action Clarifies that District Public-Safety Authorities Will Not Detain Individuals Because of Immigration Status
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray signed an executive order today clarifying that the District’s public-safety officials will not inquire into the immigration status of individuals or transmit information about immigration status to federal agencies except when that status pertains directly to a criminal investigation.
“This executive order ensures public safety by ensuring that our police resources are deployed wisely and our immigrant communities feel safe cooperating with those who are sworn to protect them,” Mayor Gray said. “The District is home to thousands of immigrants. If they are afraid to cooperate with authorities on criminal investigations because they fear it might endanger their presence in the United States or the presence of a loved one, then it endangers their public safety and that of our entire city.”
The order directs District public-safety officials not to detain individuals on the basis of immigration status. It also bars District agencies from making incarcerated youth and adults under their supervision available for federal immigration interviews without a court order.