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Local taxpayers are paying for U.S. immigration enforcement, ACLU reports

February 17, 2011 |  8:00 am

Linking LAICE IS PRICEY: Local taxpayers are paying for federal immigration enforcement, according to a report released by the ACLU. California Watch reports:

In a report released today, titled "Costs and Consequences: The High Price of Policing Immigrant Communities," the ACLU runs several dollars-and-cents equations on what particular counties and cities are spending to arrest, detain and prosecute illegal immigrants.

Many cases involving this population begin as minor traffic violations before growing into questions of legal residency. Therefore, the organization argues, law enforcement agencies can reduce the number of non-criminal illegal immigrants they pay to hold by not focusing officers on violations like driving without a valid license.

SCIENTOLOGY SUMMARY: For those who read the New Yorker piece on Paul Haggis and Scientology, The Awl provides a thorough rundown of previous coverage, including The Times' own 1990 expose of the L.A.-based church.

CELEBRITY EAT CLUB: Bon Appetit highlights 10 ways to eat like a star in L.A. (via Eater LA)

DEVELOPMENT BLUES: A five-story senior apartment building will be repainted after Eagle Rock residents complained about the bright goldenrod color. (The Eastsider LA)

HISTORY OF BOYLE HEIGHTS: LA Observed posts the trailer for "East L.A. Interchange," a documentary on how Boyle Heights, a working-class, multiethnic neighborhood in the 1920s, was changed by the construction of freeways.

-- Soo Oh