LAPD Will Comply With Federal Immigration Detainer Requests Only With Judge’s Order

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck speaks during a Los Angeles Police Commission meeting in February 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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.

“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.”

LINK: LAPD Posts New ICE Request Policy on Website

Los Angeles joins scores of other cities and counties that have stopped the practice after a federal court ruling in April. That ruling found that an Oregon county was liable for damages after holding an inmate beyond her release date so that she could be transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Spurred by that ruling, Los Angeles officials decided to reexamine their approach to the federal requests earlier this year. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck declared that the new approach would foster the community’s trust in the police department, encouraging more people to report crimes.

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  • Preston Zeigler

    Chief Beck,
    You and the City Council of L.A. do a disservice to those immigrants who have followed all of the rules and regulations to become a citizen.. Why should those people who come here illegally be granted special favors? They should not be given a drivers license and they should be turned over to ICE and deported. What right do you have to selectively enforce the laws of this country?

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