Elkhart Latinos meet with PD chief, air concerns about dealings with police

Sunday Feb. 22, 2015

Elkhart County immigration lawyer Felipe Merino addresses a Feb. 19, 2016, gathering of Latinos and Elkhart Police Chief Ed Windbigler.

Elkhart County immigration lawyer Felipe Merino addresses a Feb. 19, 2016, gathering of Latinos and Elkhart Police Chief Ed Windbigler.

Undocumented immigrants never cease to inspire strong opinion.

A Facebook friend told me Elkhart Police Chief Ed Windbigler would be appearing at a gathering she was helping promote to discuss police issues with the local Latino community. I can’t recall anything of the sort in Elkhart, though the Latino population here is sizable, more than 20 percent of the population.

I prepared English- and Spanish-language advances (here and here), which generated reaction on their own, particularly since the spur, in part, was a bid for police willingness to grant leeway to undocumented immigrant drivers stopped for driving without licenses. The actual story about the meeting generated even more buzz and reaction, judging by comments and Facebook shares, a testament to the strong sentiments the issue generates.

Concern among undocumented immigrants about getting thrown in jail for driving without licenses during routine traffic stops figured big in the meeting. “I drive every day full of fear that they’ll give me a ticket,” or worse, said one woman. She’s a single mother, she said, so getting jailed would be disastrous, leaving her kids without a caretaker.

Here’s a link to the story:

 

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