Mesilla To Police: Do Not Enforce Federal Immigration Law

Sep 11, 2013

The board of trustees in Mesilla has directed its marshal's department not to enforce federal immigration laws.  The Mesilla Board of Trustees adopted the resolution this week after Spanish-speaking Dona Ana County residents told the board about their racial profiling fears.

A nonprofit immigrant advocacy group, the Border Network for Human Rights, presented the resolution to trustees.

The move comes after the League of United Latin American Citizens filed a complaint last year alleging that Mesilla deputies had engaged in racial profiling. Earlier this year, a stop and arrest by a Mesilla deputy was ruled improper by a federal court.

Mesilla Marshal Tom Austin says his department does not become involved in issues involving a person's immigration status.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.