Published On: Tue, Nov 15th, 2016

LAPD will not help deport immigrants under Trump, chief says

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The Los Angeles Police Department has always distanced itself from Federal immigration policies. Now, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has said that he has no plans to change the department’s stance on immigration enforcement under President-elect Donald Trump.

Donald Trump made immigration a cornerstone of his campaign and said Sunday that he plans to deport at least 2 million undocumented immigrants as soon as he takes office in January.

Trump told CBS’s “60 Minutes”: “What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate, ”

“I don’t intend on doing anything different, ” LAPD Chief Beck told the Los Angeles Times in an exclusive interview published 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.”

An LAPD spokesman confirmed the quote to the Daily News late Monday and said Chief Beck would address the comments further at a press conference planned for Tuesday.

During Beck’s tenure as chief, the LAPD has stopped turning over undocumented immigrants  arrested for low-level crimes to Federal immigration officials and has spurned Federal requests to hold inmates past their jail terms because they might be candidates for deportation.

According to the Migration Policy Institute 11.4 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S.. More than 1 million of them live in Los Angeles area.

Read the full story at Los Angeles Times

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