Immigrant Rights

Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws

07.17.12

Introduced in February 2011, Ohio Senate Bill 98 would allow local police to enforce immigration laws, potentially leading to mistaken arrests, racial profiling, and the misdirection of funds away from basic protective services.

In 2007, the Ohio Attorney General issued an opinion advising that Ohio law permits county sheriffs to enter into agreements with the federal government to enforce criminal violations of immigration law, but Ohio law prohibits sheriffs from enforcing civil violations of immigration law.