The Juneau Police Department has no plans to begin checking people’s immigration status. That announcement came from police Chief Bryce Johnson, who released a statement on Tuesday in response to questions from the public.
Johnson said the department doesn’t have federal authority to enforce immigration laws. He added that public safety is their top priority, “not an individual’s immigration status.”
Johnson said JPD doesn’t check people’s immigration status when they are contacted or arrested, adding, “We want to assure undocumented individuals who are victims of crime that they can call us to make a police report. We don’t investigate immigration status in crimes like domestic violence.”
The Anchorage Police Department has not released it’s policy on immigration checks, but a similar statement emerged from Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz in February.
Likewise, Anchorage School Superintendent Dr.Deena Bishop issued a statement in February, saying the district does not and will not monitor the citizenship or residency status of its students, and that schools should be considered a safe place for learning.