Cities can eliminate “broken windows” policing and minor ordinances that trap undocumented people in a web of minor offenses that increase their contact with law enforcement.
The Yale law professor Issa Kohler-Hausmann has observed that New York’s conviction rates plummeted even as broken windows policing drove up misdemeanor arrests. She argues that these constant arrests aren’t meant to prove or punish guilt. Rather, they simply “track and sort people” over time. The process is itself the punishment. Tracking and sorting millions of people is precisely where Immigration and Customs Enforcement needs local help.
Example: Los Angeles got rid of its street vendor violation law. They are moving to a permit system. Civil fines are another alternative for other misdemeanors and minor offenses.
Philadelphia’s Sanctuary on the Streets brings the congregation to disrupt ICE raids as they happen. Requires a strong, trustworthy, and secure rapid response system.