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L.A. wants right to ignore illegal immigration enforcement plan

June 7, 2011 |  4:25 pm

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0115709c8dd3970b-800wi The Los Angeles City Council today voted overwhelmingly to support legislation allowing communities to opt out of a controversial immigration enforcement program.

The resolution, proposed by Council members Bernard C. Parks and Jan Perry, sought to ensure that participation in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Secure Communities Program is voluntary and that the program concentrates its efforts on “truly dangerous criminals.”

The program, under which arrestees' fingerprints are shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was touted as a way to help identify and deport illegal immigrants convicted of serious crimes. It has come under fire for leading to the deportation of those who were either arrested but not subsequently convicted of a crime or convicted of misdemeanors or infractions, such as a traffic violation.

Governors in New York, Illinois and Massachusetts recently suspended or refused to sign participation agreements with the immigration agency, but questions remain over whether states will be allowed to end participation.

The resolution was approved 11 to 1, with Councilman Greig Smith dissenting.

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Photo: Bernard Parks. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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