The Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck made a statement on Monday, saying his office will not assist the federal government in its plan to deport illegal U.S. residents.
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Beck says the LAPD’s stand on enforcement of immigration laws will not change even as President-elect Donald J. Trump prepare for war against millions of unlawful immigrants once he assumes office.
The LAPD says it’s not among its roles to confront people – male of female – for the sole purpose of determining whether they have broken immigration laws or not.
“I don’t intend on doing anything different,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told the L.A. Times on Monday.
“We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status.
“We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts. That is not our job, nor will I make it our job.
He continues: “This is the same LAPD you had Monday, a week ago. We have not changed because of the election on Tuesday. We have the same principles. We have the same values.
“This is not going to change the way that the Los Angeles Police Department enforces the law.”
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump made it clear during his campaigns that illegal immigration will not be condoned. He threatened to build a wall between the Mexican and U.S. border.
Trump also said he will deport millions of all undocumented immigrants, a statement he twisted a bit after an appearance at CBS’ Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” where he said that his administration would focus on deporting immigrants with criminal records first.
Mr Trump is focused on turning around the long-lasting immigration relief which was allowed under President Barack Obama’s government.
U.S. immigrants and their families accross the country have been facing nightmares for fear of what will happen next, following Trump’s election as president.
A report from The Los Angeles Times quotes Mayor Eric Garcetti as saying in a meeting held at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles on Friday that “the city would question Trump’s decisions on immigration.”
“If the first day, as president, we see something that is hostile to our people, hostile to our city, bad for our economy, bad for our security, we will speak up, speak out, act up and act out,” Garcetti said.
According to the report, Garcetti also said that “the LAPD would continue to enforce Special Order 40, the Gates-signed directive that bars officers from contacting someone solely to determine their immigration status.”
“Our law enforcement officers and LAPD don’t go around asking people for their papers, nor should they,” he said. “That’s not the role of local law enforcement.”
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The U.S. Migration Policy Institute confirms that more than 1 million of the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country without legal status live in Los Angeles County.