Arlington County Board Reassures Immigrants

Published on June 22, 2016


  • Issues statement to community

  • Reaffirms long-standing law enforcement policies and procedures

  • "All residents and visitors of Arlington County have the right to public safety protections"


The Arlington County Board today reiterated its commitment as a welcoming community that recognizes, respects and supports the contributions of all of its members.

The Board reaffirmed the long-standing County law enforcement "policy against racial profiling which prohibits our deputies and officers from taking action based solely on that individual's race, ethnicity or national origin." And noted that "a person's right to file a police report, participate in police-community activities, or otherwise benefit from police services is not contingent upon citizenship or immigration status."

In a statement read by Board Member Katie Cristol, the Board said it was responding to "increased anxiety, fear and panic among our region's immigrant community," which the Board attributed to "a number of factors, including federal immigration enforcement actions currently being conducted around the country, as well as the more recent national debate sparked by the 2016 Presidential Election cycle and the United States Supreme Court's review of the Obama Administration's Executive Actions on immigration."

"Arlington County always has and always will be a caring and inclusive community that strives to provide a safe and secure environment where all of our residents have the ability to achieve their potential and live out their dreams," Cristol said.  "I was disheartened to hear of the concerns in our immigrant community and my colleagues and I wanted to make certain we restated our strong and unequivocal commitment to all of our residents."

Read the full statement.

The Board previously approved a resolution supporting Arlington's newcomers in 2009 and a resolution regarding the Secure Communities Program in 2010.

To learn more about resources for immigrants, visit the County website.