Mayor Kathy Taylor, Congressman John Sullivan and representatives of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency met today at City Hall to discuss the issues surrounding immigration in the City of Tulsa.
“I appreciate Congressman Sullivan taking the time to meet,” said Taylor. “Our goal was to improve communications with ICE and find ways we can work together to improve public safety in Tulsa.”
The discussion centered on issues of drug and gang enforcement and how local law enforcement can best interact with ICE. Tulsa Police Department policy currently allows for the immigration status of arrested criminals to be transmitted to ICE. Tulsa’s Interim Police Chief David Bostrom attended the meeting along with members of the TPD’s drug and gang units.
“I think we had a very productive dialogue centered on working together on gang enforcement and drug enforcement,” said Interim Police Chief David Bostrom. “ICE informed us of their processes and we, in-turn, informed them of our efforts to get dangerous criminals off the streets.”
“Today was a step in the right direction,” said Taylor. “The message sent from Tulsa was one that I hope that the Congressman and ICE officials take with them back to Washington: that it is time to get serious about reasonable immigration reform at the national level-which starts with getting serious about securing the nation’s borders.”
City Councilors Jack Henderson, John Eagleton and Maria Barnes also attended the meeting.