From the Office of Tigard Police Chief Kathy McAlpine
(June 19, 2019)
A recent announcement by the federal government advising of increased immigration enforcement to begin across the country next week may generate fear and confusion in our community.
As Tigard’s Chief of Police, I want to assure members of our community that our mission is to provide public safety services to all persons in our community, regardless of status.
The Tigard Police Department is bound by Oregon law, not federal law, on immigration matters. Specifically, ORS 181A.820 prohibits our involvement in any administrative or civil immigration matter. The statute does give some limited latitude for local police to exchange information about immigration matters with federal authorities when a crime is involved, or arrest a subject wanted on a federal arrest warrant for an immigration crime signed by a federal judge.
Immigration enforcement is the work of the federal government, not local law enforcement. All members of the Tigard Police Department will follow State law. Except as authorized by Oregon law, a person's immigration status is not our concern. The Department of Homeland Security and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement are federal law enforcement agencies. If they call and ask for information, we will cooperate with them as we cooperate with other law enforcement agencies, within the statute that governs us.
In the event of an emergency, call 911. For non-emergency matters, call 503-629-0111.