Police officials oppose immigration law

Omaha World-Herald

LINCOLN - Officials with the state's two largest police departments, in Omaha and Lincoln, oppose adoption of an Arizona-style immigration law in Nebraska.

They say deputizing local officers to enforce federal immigration laws would significantly raise taxpayer costs, hurt existing crime-fighting efforts and spawn dozens of lawsuits for false arrest.

The Nebraska proposal, Legislative Bill 48, could discourage members of immigrant communities from sharing information about crimes with police out of fear their immigration status could be checked, said Deputy Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.