At least three members of a panel created to review Phoenix police policy regarding immigration are expected to attend a town hall meeting about the proposed policy change tonight.
About 1,000 community members also are expected to attend, according to Rep. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, one of the organizers.
Hispanic political, religious and community leaders, and other minority leaders, will discuss their concerns about what they call a rushed process to change a policy that bars Phoenix police from inquiring about people’s immigration status in most situations.
Any change is nearly certain to lead to racial profiling, Gallardo said.
Last week, in a move that attracted national attention, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon asked four former federal, state and county attorneys to recommend a new policy before Dec. 31.
Gallardo said three have confirmed they will attend the meeting: former U.S. attorneys Paul Charlton and Jose Rivera, and former Maricopa County Attorney Richard Romley.
Gallardo said former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods hadn’t indicated by Wednesday afternoon whether he will attend.
The meeting is intended to allow the public to comment on Gordon’s proposal, Gallardo said.
“We’re not really getting any public input on what the impact would be on our community and the way law enforcement would be doing their duties in terms of protecting our streets and our neighborhoods,” he said.
Gallardo said Gordon and Phoenix police Chief Jack Harris have indicated they will send representatives to the meeting, but will not attend themselves.
What: Immigration policy town hall
When: 6 p.m. today
Where: South Mountain High School auditorium, 5401 S. Seventh St., Phoenix
Information: (480) 926-3392