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Sununu wants clear lines between troopers' role, ICE

State House Bureau

October 15. 2017 12:44AM

Gov. Chris Sununu is backing an effort by the state police to draft a policy that addresses whether troopers should inquire about the immigration status of people they come across during traffic stops or other encounters.

"We are not in the immigration business. That is not part of our role," Col. Christopher Wagner recently told the Union Leader.

"We want to make sure our troopers are following and enforcing state laws only," Wagner said.

President Donald Trump would like to empower state and local police to act as immigration enforcement officers, but Sununu did not sound very supportive of that approach.

"Enforcement of immigration law falls solely on ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement)," he said. "The state police are there to provide support if additional criminal activity is identified as part of their investigation, but there is a clear delineation between ICE's role and the State Police role. We have no jurisdiction to enforce in conjunction with ICE."

Wagner said last month that he has reviewed the policy of the Manchester Police Department and is working with Attorney General Gordon MacDonald to write a policy for state police. Manchester prohibits its officers from inquiring about a person's immigration status.

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