Immigration task force releases recommendations, including call for state driver’s card

Immigration task force releases recommendations, including call for state driver’s card
Photo courtesy of United Way of Dane County.

Following several listening sessions and community meetings across Dane County, the Immigration and Refugee Task Force unveiled a slew of policy recommendations aimed to increase trust between law enforcement and immigrant communities.

Among those recommendations is a call for a state driver’s card, which advocates say “would put the safety of all motorists ahead of the politics of immigration,” according to a release.

Other states have introduced similar state driver’s cards for noncitizens, that are aimed at making sure more individuals are driving with auto-liability insurance.

Other recommendations include creating a formal communication engagement strategy with law enforcement’s local community, emphasizing context in officer training and culturally responsive alcohol and other drug abuse support for those seeking treatment.

“Legitimate policing depends on relationship-building, effective communication and trust among all community members,” Dane County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jeff Hook said. “The development of the set of community-informed priorities outlined the most pressing, tangible, next steps needed to build trust in Dane County.”

The Immigration and Refugee Task Force is comprised of a variety of law enforcement leaders and representatives from the Law Enforcement and Leaders of Color Collaboration.

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