San Diego’s Commitment to Protecting Immigrants
Crime victims and witnesses should not hesitate to report crimes to San Diego law enforcement because of their immigrant status, or the immigration status of family members.
The San Diego Police Department has a long-standing policy of not asking for the immigration status of victims or witnesses to crimes. This policy protects our community by strengthening the partnership between our law enforcement officers and the people they serve.
On March 15, 2017, our Mayor and Police Chief affirmed that San Diego Police Department officers will not be deputized under section 287(g) of the Immigration and National Security Act to perform the duties of immigration authorities.
However, if someone is suspected of committing a crime, regardless of their immigration status, the San Diego Police Department will cooperate with regional, state, and federal authorities. County jails notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement liaisons of the immigration status of individuals upon booking.