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Below are links to two articles in the April 28 edition of the New York Times, with related materials.
The first article is about a session at PERF’s Annual Meeting on April 26 regarding the use of firearms in homicides, robberies, and aggravated assaults. PERF wishes to thank the six police departments that provided information for an in-depth analysis of all of the gun crimes committed during a single week last year: Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Austin, San Diego, Philadelphia, and Toronto. PERF thanks all of the police departments that responded to a gun crime survey that served as a basis for the discussions, and to the police officials and ATF executives who participated in the Annual Meeting session. See also a link to a PERF Powerpoint that was used at the gun violence session.
The second New York Times article is about the formal response of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton to a report issued last September by the Task Force on Secure Communities. The 14-member Task Force was chaired by PERF Executive Director Chuck Wexler and included 5 PERF members: Philadelphia Police Commissioner and PERF President Charles Ramsey; Las Vegas Sheriff Douglas Gillespie; Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor; Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez; and Harris County, TX Sheriff Adrian Garcia. ICE Director Morton created the Task Force because ICE recognized that there are significant concerns in many cities about how Secure Communities functions. The Task Force produced a tough assessment of the program and specific recommendations to improve the operation of Secure Communities and increase its credibility with the public. In his formal response, Director Morton stated that ICE agrees with nearly all of the Task Force’s recommendations, and he outlined steps that ICE is taking to implement them. The full texts of the Task Force Report and Director Morton’s response are included below.
New York Times: Police Chiefs Focus on Disparities in Gun Violence, With an Eye Toward Solutions
PERF PowerPoint: Gun Violence in America—One Week, Six Cities, and the Implications
New York Times: Fewer Illegal Immigrants Stopped for Traffic Violations Will Face Deportation
Task Force on Secure Communities Findings and Recommendations
ICE Responds to the Task Force on Secure Communities Findings and Recommendations