LAPD Will Refuse to Assist With Increased Deportation Efforts

LAPD Will Refuse to Assist With Increased Deportation Efforts

Like other government officials in large cities, and particularly throughout the state of California, L os Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has no plans to assist President-elect Donald Trump in his planned deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants nationwide. Beck says that his department does not currently make arrests or detain individuals on the basis of their immigration status, and that they will continue their current practices in this regard. According to Beck, if federal immigration authorities plan to become more aggressive in deporting individuals, then they will have to do it on their own; Beck does not believe that immigration enforcement or deportation is his department’s job. Beck estimates that there are about 500,000 undocumented immigrants living in the city of Los Angeles alone, and state that given this high population, their priority is to ensure public safety by building bridges with immigrants, not by arresting them. Data from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) shows that almost 25% of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the state of California, with an estimated 815,000 living in Los Angeles County alone. As a result, Californians, and particularly those who reside in Los Angeles County, have lived side-by-side with their immigrant neighbors for decades. LAPD traditionally has avoided becoming significantly involved in the enforcement of federal immigration laws ever since former chief Daryl Gates issued “Special Order No. 40,” a 1979 order that prohibited officers from asking about or initiating any police action based on an individual’s immigration status. Since 2009, when Beck took office, LAPD has increasingly declined to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or detain individuals who have been arrested for low-level crimes beyond their jail terms for the purposes of deportation. We are the California deportation defense lawyers whom you can turn to if you or a loved one are facing deportation proceedings, no matter what the reason may be. Regardless of the complexity or difficulty of the situation, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. has the experience, knowledge, and skills to advocate on behalf of you and your family throughout the course of any deportation proceedings. Contact our office today and let us answer all of your questions about asylum proceedings, or any other aspect of deportation proceedings.
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