In a letter to Senator Bill Eigel, Chair of the General Laws Committee, ADL Heartland expressed its strong opposition to SB 64.
February 5, 2019
Senator Bill Eigel
General Laws Committee
201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 227
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
RE: SB 64
Dear Senator Eigel,
On behalf of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), I write to express deep concern and strong opposition to SB 64. As the leading nongovernmental organization that trains law enforcement officers on issues of hate crimes and extremism and an organization dedicated to securing justice and fair treatment for all, ADL is a longtime advocate of community-police partnerships. The role of law enforcement in democracy revolves around the relationship of police to the people they serve. When immigrants and their families fear police, they become vulnerable to hate crime. If SB 64 were to become law, it would create an underclass of people who do not have open access to police protection if they become victims.
Further, ADL has advocated for fair and humane immigration policy since its founding and has been a leader in exposing anti-immigrant and anti-refugee hate that has poisoned our nation’s debate on a truly challenging issue. Broad immigration reform will be key but undermining the relationship between police and immigrant communities puts all at risk and deters immigrants and refugees from calling police after a crime or from coming forward as a witness. We request that you vote no on SB 64.
Regional Director, ADL Heartland