Dallas police won't question immigration status

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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Posted on June 25, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 25 at 6:06 PM

DALLAS — Gabriel Ortiz was born in the United States and is a citizen. Even though Monday's Supreme Court ruling on immigration law won't affect him, it makes him uncomfortable.

"It's racial discrimination," Ortiz said. "Basically, it gives officers the right to racial profile, just because you look Mexican and you don't look like you are from here."

At the Calle Doce restaurant in Oak Cliff, the Supreme Court ruling is what people were talking about.

"I don't think it's appropriate for us to be asked about something like that," one diner said.

The Supreme Court upheld part of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants, giving police officers the right to question immigration status.

Dallas City Council member Pauline Medrano said Dallas police policies will remain unchanged.

"Our police officers are police officers," Medrano said. "They are not trained to be ICE officers or anything."

Dallas police policy states officers will not enforce immigration laws; will not stop or contact citizens to determine immigration status; and arrest reports will not refer to immigration status.

Irving, Fort Worth and Farmers Branch have similar policies. They told News 8 they don't plan to change.

Still, there are concerns.

"Just of out of the blue, they are just going to stop you because you look brown," Ortiz said. "They can stop and ask you for papers. That's pretty wrong."

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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