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Hundreds of illegal immigrants arrested by LAPD officers each year in low-level crimes will no longer be turned over to federal authorities for deportation, Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Thursday.

The new rules, which are expected to affect about 400 people arrested each year, mark a dramatic attempt by the nation's second-largest police department to distance itself from federal immigration policies that Beck says are unfair to undocumented immigrants suspected of committing petty offenses.

It's the latest in a series of moves by Beck to redefine the Los Angeles Police Department's position on immigration issues.

Times staff writer Andrew Blankstein will be here at 9 a.m. to talk about these changes and their repercussions.

 
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