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News Round Up In-Brief

News from the US:

  • As many state legislatures consider laws to expand the role of local police departments in immigration control, police chiefs across the country say they are reluctant to take on these tasks and want clear lines drawn between local crime-fighting and federal immigration enforcement, according to a new report by the Police Executive Research Forum.

  • In dozens of states considering such crackdowns,  elected officials, law enforcers, business owners, religious leaders and regular citizens are providing calm voices and cool judgment, which an editorial in the New York Times refers to as “anti-Arizonans.” Business owners and  other community leaders have been sending a contrary message, saying bills to force employers to check workers’ legal status are redundant, costly and anticompetitive. The clergy members have denounced bills to criminalize acts of charity, like driving an undocumented immigrant to church or the doctor.

International Updates:

  • As wealthier nations send boats and planes to rescue their citizens from the violence in Libya, a new refugee crisis is taking shape on the outskirts of Tripoli, where thousands of migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa have been trapped with scant food and water, no international aid and little hope of escape.

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