ORDER OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE
REGARDING THE SAFETY, SECURITY AND RIGHTS OF RESIDENTS OF NEW CASTLE COUNTY
EXECUTIVE ORDER 17-003
New Castle County is fortunate to have a population that is ethnically, racially and religiously diverse. Our County has vibrant immigrant communities, and we have thrived because of the strength and diversity of these communities. The cooperation of all persons, both those residing here legally and those without documentation, is essential to achieve the County’s goals of protecting life and property and improving the quality of life for the people of New Castle County.
Assistance from any person, whether documented or not, who is a victim of, or a witness to, a crime is vital to providing safety to all of our residents. The cooperation of the County’s immigrant communities is essential to prevent and solve crimes and maintain public order, safety and security in the entire County. Our police department has, is and will to continue to focus on keeping all communities of New Castle County safe. This order is another step toward achieving that goal.
Moreover, it is fundamental to who we are that all people in New Castle County have equal access to County services, regardless of their citizenship or immigration status.
The purpose of this Order is to establish the County’s procedures concerning immigration status and enforcement of federal (civil) immigration laws, and to ensure the County provides an equal level of service to all people within New Castle County.
It is hereby ordered that:
1. ENFORCEMENT OF IMMIGRATION LAWS
No County employee, officer, Department, Division, or other County agency shall stop, question, search, surveil, arrest, detain or continue to detain a person solely based on the suspicion or belief that the person is not present legally in the United States, or that the person has committed a civil immigration violation.
2. COOPERATION WITH FEDERAL AUTHORITIES
No County employee, officer, Department, Division, or other County agency shall:
3. OBTAINING AND SHARING OF IMMIGRATION STATUS INFORMATI
4. ACCESS TO SERVICES
6. PURPOSE OF EXECUTIVE ORDER
So ordered on this 24th day of May 2017.
Matthew MeyerCounty Executive