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LAPD Stops Honoring Some Federal Immigration Detention Requests

July 08, 2014  |

The Los Angeles Police Department is no longer heeding federal immigration requests to hold inmates who might be deportable past their jail terms unless a judge has vetted the request, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday alongside a cheering crowd of immigrant advocates, reports the L.A. Times.

"The federal government is in charge of enforcing federal immigration laws — not us at the local level," Garcetti said. "And that responsibility can't be forced onto local law enforcement officials who already have stretched budgets."

Los Angeles joins scores of other cities and counties that havestopped the practice, a phenomenon that analysts say could undercut the Obama administration's strategy on immigration enforcement. While the federal government has pushed for local police to help enforce immigration laws, more departments are pushing back.

At a Monday news conference alongside Garcetti and City Atty. Mike Feuer, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck declared that their new tack would build trust in the community and encourage more people to report crimes.

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sherry @ 7/8/2014 5:31 PM

I fail to understand why police departments all over are so broke. There has been big bucks made with asset forfeiture for a good many years now. Where is all that money going to?

KevCopAz @ 7/8/2014 7:06 PM

What a joke, that city has always been PRO illegals and this is an excuse to stop enforcement and continue to allow illegals to run (and vote) in their city. I am glad to see all those caught in Tx and Az sent to Ca, they want the liberal laws, let them die by what they want! Az stood up to the Feds on immigration and CA boycotted us supporting law breaking illegals, so F you all in Ca YOUR examples of issuing DLs to Illegals, giving them every chance to remain here illegally and supporting the Chicano/Mexico causes over your own Country's causes has been a long term CA way of ice, so don't "blame" the INS you LOIVE IT you anti American, Pro Illegal City of "illegal". Choke on your own Lib words. If it were up to your Dem legislature, your federal Senators and Reps we would have open borders anyway, so who are you kidding LAPD? You and your LASO have always been pro illegal.

Retired CHief @ 7/9/2014 6:08 PM

LAPD's chief is nothing more than a political hack who sucks at the mayor's teat. I served 30 plus years as a California cop then fled the state to where people are sane and law abiding. California will collapse at some point and there won't be an LAD left to worry about. The "city of the Angels" (no mas) will be policed by the Federales

Capt. Crunch @ 7/10/2014 9:48 AM

@ Retired Chief & KevCopAz , why are you guys so bitter out here in California we learn to take the good with the bad. Do you realize how many beautiful Mexican women cross the border into California every day and you guys want to take that away from us, shame on you. I am glad that we are not on the border with a Muslim country then I would be angry.

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