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Calif. AG To Police: Ignore Federal Immigration Detainers

December 07, 2012  | 

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris told local law enforcement agencies Tuesday that they were not obligated to comply with a federal program whose stated goal is to deport illegal immigrants convicted of serious crimes.

It was Harris' first public assessment of Secure Communities. Under the program launched in 2008, all arrestees' fingerprints are sent to immigration officials, who may ask police and sheriff's departments to hold suspects for up to 48 hours after their scheduled release so they can be transferred to federal custody.

Although the intent may have been to improve public safety, Harris said that a review of data from March through June showed that 28% of those targeted for deportation in California as a result were not criminals. Those numbers, she noted, had changed little since U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement a year earlier pledged to reform the program to focus on the most serious offenders.

Read the full Los Angeles Times story.

Related:

Feds Shift Focus of Immigration Enforcement to Violent Illegals

Tags: Illegal Immigration, Immigration Enforcement, Secure Communities


Comments (11)

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charlie n @ 12/10/2012 10:14 PM

Looks like yet again another California bleeding heart. Good grief? Exactly what is law enforcement suppose to do with the overwhelming flood of illegal's? Perhaps the fine men and women officers of your state should just load them up (aka the illegals) and transport them to your back yard and then you can figure out what you should do with them? It's thanks to people like you and our Commander in Chief that we are becoming totally overwhelmed with the illegal immigration problem. Thanks a lot for nothing!

Tom J @ 12/11/2012 1:24 AM

Hmm, I thought being an immigrant here without documentation was a crime. So, that in its self doesn't count?

Frank @ 12/11/2012 4:28 AM

TomJ/Charlie n are correct so why bother enforcing any laws on the books that pertain to Illegals. Lets just open the Southern border after all 75% of the Mexicans in this country are on welfare to begin with. What the hell we can afford to support everyone except our own. Politicians have proven again that they are scum. Today the Lawyers get a break! Know any good Politician jokes.

aj @ 12/11/2012 6:31 AM

Are they passing around the Obama play book? What makes these elected officials think they have the power to tell law enforcement to ignore laws. I good president / AG would ask a very important question before saying something like this. "What gives me the authority to make this order?" Opposed to how Obama and Harris work... "Hey why CAN'T I do this?" The difference is small but it is the difference between a leader that understands the balance of power and a tyrant.

Robert Bingham @ 12/11/2012 7:15 AM

Once again the liberal left strikes. What does it matter if it was a violent crime or not. Here illegaly=crime. If they're busted for any crime, it should be back to Mexico. No questioins, no appeals, nothing. No federal or state aid. How would it go over if we sent Mexico a bill to pay for all the babies they send up here to be born and then send them back. I often wonder if a lot of this illegal immigration isn't part of a some scheme by the Mexican government.

Rick @ 12/11/2012 8:36 AM

I work in the Coachella Valley here in CA. All immigration has to do is stop doing traffic stops on I-10 and swing by the landscaping companies. There are thousands of illegals working for the landscaping companies that have fake green cards, D/L's and social security cards.

Robert @ 12/11/2012 8:54 AM

Attorney General Martha Coakley, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, states that "It is not illegal to be illegal in Masachusetts".

Tom Ret @ 12/11/2012 11:13 AM

Harris is just another liberal moron who holds public office in a state that is dumb enough to elect or appoint them.

@Ofcr_Sebatian @ 12/11/2012 12:33 PM

What you're witnessing here, first hand, are the results of unabated illegal aliens (not "Undocumented") streaming into California for so long they are literally changing our legal and political system. 1 Illegal Alien comes into California, has 5 kids (without insurance) who are now US Citizens because they're born on American soil. The Hospital goes broke because this happens thousands of times a year to that hospital( aka MLK Hospital in L.A.) and all 5 kids turn 18 and vote in favor of "all things 'Pro-Illegal Alien' . " They are electing their own people into office and changing who gets into the presidency, and ultimately, the type of Supreme Court Justices we have... It's happening right before our very eyes...

John @ 12/11/2012 11:52 PM

The feds are too busy harassing Arizona officials (a red state) to worry about California (a blue state) officials disregard for the rule of law or public safety.

Terry f. Zech @ 12/12/2012 4:53 AM

Another reason, I will never come back to CA. Just open the borders and see what happens to your state there Ms Kamal Harris why don't you invite them up for tea and see how much of your home you have left.

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