Cook County Participates in Law Enforcement Meeting at White House

May 14, 2015

Michael Masters, executive director of Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) joined 15 law enforcement leaders from 10 states for a meeting on immigration at the White House on Tuesday.

In the midst of Police Week, Masters met with officials from the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other administration officials.

“Our current immigration system is broken, incentivizing workers and employers to break the law, and serving as fertile ground for criminals and criminal groups that prey upon immigrants. That it is why it is so vital that we make meaningful changes to establish a realistic system that works,” said Masters. “Cook County’s diversity is its strength and our participation on this task force gives us a voice as we work towards an equitable immigration system.”

The Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force strives to promote safe communities and respect for the rule of law. The task force meets regularly by phone or in person to discuss immigration issues that law enforcement faces and share these concerns with the appropriate federal authorities.

For more information,media may contact the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at 312.603.8286.

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The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management integrates first responders, their departments and resources from 134 Cook County municipalities, and serves as the central agency in Cook County for coordinating efforts to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from all incidents, whether man-made or natural. For more information, visit our website at www.cookcountyhomelandsecurity.org.