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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says he doesn't expect an Arizona-style immigration law in L.A.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck thrust himself into the debate over policing and immigration this week by reemphasizing that his department does not stop people based on their immigration status.

Click to read the proposed California immigration law and analysis Beck participated in Spanish-language public service announcements with consuls general from Mexico and five Central American countries to drive home the message.

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Immigrants need not fear interaction with his officers because officers are forbidden under court-mandated Special Order 40 from stopping people solely on the basis of their immigration status, he said.

The order, part of the LAPD manual created in 1979 by then-Chief Daryl Gates, has long been criticized by conservatives as limiting the department's ability to enforce federal laws. The order was designed to ensure immigrant communities will cooperate with police in crime investigations.

The issue resurfaced recently when Arizona adopted a law requiring officers to enforce federal immigration laws. Flanked by the consuls general, Beck said Thursday he does not expect an Arizona-style law to be enacted in Los Angeles.

“It was the policy I had as a police officer coming up and it will be the policy as long as my children are police officers," said Beck, whose son and daughter serve on the LAPD.

Beck said the public service announcements were made in response to growing rhetoric over the issue.

“That’s the elephant in the room," Beck said. "There is a national debate about immigration and the local law enforcement’s role in immigration enforcement.”

Beck said once people are arrested, they can be questioned about their immigration status and referred to federal authorities to determine if they are in the country illegally.

The Los Angeles County jail system works with federal authorities to identify potential illegal immigrants who could face deportation. But the program focuses on violent criminals, Beck said.

Juan Carlos Mendoza, Mexico’s acting consul general, said Thursday his office supports the LAPD's work with immigrant communities and has not received reports of officers harassing Mexican citizens over immigration status.


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LAPD isn't law enforcment, they're revenue collection agents, and they'll get no respect from me until they arrest those here illegally.

Of course they don't ask for immigration status-they are to busy giving out tickets to people w/real drivers licences to make their monthly quota.

Whatever we do, let's continue to decide which laws we want to enforce and which ones we want to ignore.
Obviously, the laws are only for legal residents and not for illegals

Hey John ... good one. I'm glad someone got the favored "racist" word in. It's such a shame that word has become the go-to for folks like yourself. Harbor your ill-witted comments a bit and look at yourself in the mirror. Most times those who call someone a racist are the ones who are the racists. Make sense, John?

If the locals don't "support and defend the US Constitution", then the Feds should cut off any funding to their local government!

Borchy, Phil, and Peter you are absolutly correct in your statements,

There are several curious things about this kind of politics.

For one, the Arizona law being referred to is SB1070 I believe. That law does not allow Arizona law enforcement to stop someone solely for verifying immigration status either. So I'm not real sure what Chief Beck is trying to accomplish by comparing his Sanctuary Policies to some straw man that doesn't exist.

I would like to ask the Chief, respectfully, what is LAPD policy in a situation like this.

Officers are called to a traffic accident where both cars are disabled. One has a driver with no license, insurance and the registration is in another's name. The only ID the driver has is issued by the Consulate of a Foreign government. The other driver has a license, insurance certificate and registration in her name.

"Conservatives," appear to want to take Los Angeles back to the 30's and 40's when Latinos couldn't even report a crime without fear of deportation.

There is nothing racist about speaking out against illegal aliens, their children, or their illegal vending.

Borchy is the most ignorant person I've ever come across. FYI immigrants do all the work while you lazy people sit on your butt at home. Id like to see you wash dishes at Mcdonald's or pick fruits in the fields. You should really consider educating yourself before you make stupid and racist remarks.

We're supposed to be a nation of laws, but politics has its ways. Consider California Penal Code section 834b:

834b. (a) Every law enforcement agency in California shall fully cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.(b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following: (1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status. (2) Notify the person of his or her apparent status as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws and inform him or her that, apart from any criminal justice proceedings, he or she must either obtain legal status or leave the United States . (3) Notify the Attorney General of California and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal status and provide any additional information that may be requested by any other public entity. (c) Any legislative, administrative, or other action by a city, county, or other legally authorized local governmental entity with jurisdictional boundaries, or by a law enforcement agency, to prevent or limit the cooperation required by subdivision (a) is expressly prohibited.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says he doesn't expect an Arizona-style immigration law in L.A.



Wake up L.A.

What do you expect when you vote for a mayor who is a card carrying ACLU member.

Keep voting the libs in office, you will get liberal public policies.

Crossing the border at a place other than a designated port of entry is illegal, a misdemeanor. It is almost impossible to secure every linear land mile of the international boundary dividing the U.S. with Mexico and Canada. People are going to get through our porous border one way or the other. Police officers in Los Angeles County and San Diego County have more crime to enforce than they can respond to. Passing a law that allows police officers to profile against those who appear to be in the U.S illegally will only add unnecessary costs (taxes). Think about it; southern California has a high population of Americans of Mexican decent, some who look like they just crossed the border but are here legally. This will add unwanted stress to our police officers whose purpose is to protect and serve.
Certain LE agencies work well with Federal agencies whose authority is to enforce immigration violations. Example: Local LE will conduct/perform a vehicle stop for various infractions and or violations. Upon further investigation, if the LEO has reason to believe the subject he is investigating might be in the U.S illegally-the LEO will contact a FED (USBP/ICE) to conduct further questioning/ investigation in order to determine whether the subject is legal or not.
Simple, COPS fight crime without reservation and keep from having their Probable Cause (PC) and integrity questioned in court. Think about the City of Maywood Ca, East LA, Bell and other Hispanic communities. How the hell are police officers going to perform their job if they were ordered/authorized to profile against those who appear to be here illegally? These cities are full of undocumented aliens and Americans of Mexican decent. The police would fill their day booking undocumented aliens and falsely accusing Americans of Mexican decent of being present without admission.
FEDS need to conduct internal operations like in the ‘70’s, have them patrol the streets- a show of force so foreigners can get the message that La Migra (Immigration) is on the prowl.

"LAPD does not make money on illegal immigrants. They make it ticketing..."

OK then... So LA should bill the Feds for $10K for each one the turn over to ICE? That might make a difference.

On May 6th, 2009, I was rear-ended at Farifax & Beverly by an illegal immigrant. The man had no bumper on the front of his truck, and the bumper struts drove into the rear of my car and into the trunk. The man had no ID and no insurance and claimed the car was not his but borrowed from someone he didn't know but used for work.

It took two hours for LAPD to show up to even take a traffic report. When they did, the training officer (he was there with two fresh-from-the-academy patrol officers) took MY information onto an index card and then told me to leave the scene. It took me 9 months to get a copy of the report but the report said that the man who hit me, despite his complete lack of identification and illegal operation of the car, was sent home and not arrested or even cited.

It caused $7,500 of damage to my car that was covered by Uninsured Motorists coverage, but my premiums went way up. It took $4,000 of resale value out of my car. And the man who created the accident by operating as a criminal got to walk away from it. I could not. I paid, and still am paying, for his illegal acts.

And LAPD's policy let him get away with it.

LAPD failed me then. They have failed the citizens of the United States and residents of Los Angeles for much longer.

My great great-grandfather watched as his friends died in the Civil War, my grandfather watched as his friends died in WW II, and my father watched as his friends died in Vietnam .

None of them died for the Mexican Flag.

Everyone died for the U.S. flag.

In our state , a student raised a Mexican flag on a school flag pole; another student took it down. Guess who was expelled...the kid who took it down.

Kids in high school in California were sent home last year on Cinco de Mayo because they wore T-shirts with the American flag printed on them.

Enough is enough.

The below e-mail message needs to be viewed by every American; and every American needs to stand up for America .

We've bent over to appease the America-haters long enough.

I'm taking a stand.

I'm standing up because the hundreds of thousands who died fighting in wars for this country, and for the U.S. flag can't stand up.

And shame on anyone who tries to make this a racist message.

Let me make this perfectly clear!

And, because I make This statement

Mean I'm against immigration!!!

Welcome! To come through legally:

1. Get a sponsor!

2. Get a place to lay your head!

3. Get a job!

4. Live By OUR Rules!

5. Pay YOUR Taxes!


6. Learn the LANGUAGE like immigrants
have in the past!!!


7. Please don't demand that we hand over our lifetime
savings of Social Security Funds to you.

If you don't want to forward this for fear of offending someone,
When will AMERICANS STOP giving awayTHEIR RIGHTS???

We've gone so far the other way...
bent over backwards not to offend anyone.
But it seems no one cares about the
that's being offended!

WAKE UP America !!!

These illegal cowards should be doing what the Eygpatians are doing and rise up against their Mexican elite who run the country and steal it's resources - they have no social services in good ole Mexico and nor do they have free education and medical care like we do - instead of sneaking into the U.S. and living in the "shadows" they should have the guts to change their nations so they won't have to be criminals all their lives and their children can hold their heads high instead of realizing they are nothing but "anchors" and not real citizens. Shame on you Mexicans.

Did I miss something because LAPD has already done this. Why is Beck putting a PSA out for immigration. He needs to do his job and stay out of political issues. I have a feeling since Beck has become the lapdog to the Failure of a Mayor he told him to do this. Doesn't Beck realize that 1,000's of legally born Mexican Americans in this city support tough immigration laws. Why? Just take a ride into the Latino communities and see how the illegals live and made the neighborhoods look like 3rd world countries. They refuse to learn to speak English, continue to disrespect our laws driving and illegal vending and they are the reason we have no health care clinics which have been closed due to them.

Matthew wrote: ""Conservatives," appear to want to take Los Angeles back to the 30's and 40's when Latinos couldn't even report a crime without fear of deportation."

Matthew, you have it all wrong.... if someone is here illegally then they SHOULD have the fear of deportation. Simply showing a driver's license or passport is not an undue burden, and actually is both state (in CA and AZ) and Federal law.

I did not become a police officer to become an immigration and customs enforcement officer. There is already an agency for that. Unfortunately, the Federal government refuses to fix the problem. Simply put-the U.S. cannot afford to arrest all these people and send them back to their county of origin. Who would do our manual labor?

This is good L.A., I am from Texas and after the State passes an immigration law I hope all our illegals move to L.A. California.

the only law the LAPD enforce is their law,not the people laws

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