Phoenix councilman says police should 'profile' certain immigrants

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Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio said police should "profile" illegal immigrants who are known gang members. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio said police should "profile" illegal immigrants who are known gang members. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Phoenix city councilman wants local police to step up its efforts to deport immigrants and suggests using tactics that some say will lead to racial profiling. 

Councilman Sal DiCiccio said Thursday that Phoenix police should use "surveillance"and "profile" immigrants whom they suspect of being criminals, but who may not have been convicted of a crime. 

"Yes, maybe it is profiling, but if they are known gang members, I hope we're profiling these known gang members," DiCiccio said.

[RELATED: Mayor Stanton: PHX PD will never be 'a mass deportation force']

The city leader's comments come as Donald Trump has vowed to deport as many as three million migrants after he's in the White House next year. 

The president-elect says he wants to focus on deporting immigrants who've committed crimes. But DiCiccio says Trump's plan doesn't go far enough. 

[RELATED: Trump's immigration plan: What it would take to deport 3M people]

"I'm saying we ought to take it a step further and start identifying those individuals that are known drug dealers and individuals who are committing crimes in our community and find out who they are and get them out of the country," Diciccio said. 

"Call it what you want, profiling, targeting, you call it what the name is. We know who those individuals are, we should be going after those individuals and making them leave this country," DiCiccio added.  

[RELATED: Local police awaiting specifics of Trump immigration plans]

However, critics claimed the policy would ultimately lead to racial profiling. 

Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, who is Hispanic, said it would also lead to police harassing law-abiding Latinos and other people of color. 

"Criminals don't wear signs on their chests," Gallardo said. You're going to end up harassing and jailing people who haven't committed a crime." 

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