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LAPD Will No Longer Detain Suspects for Immigration Officials

The mayor said he wants the city to treat immigrants—whether they are in the country legally or not—with respect and dignity.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says LAPD won't detain suspects for immigration officials. Photo credit: Getty Images.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says LAPD won't detain suspects for immigration officials. Photo credit: Getty Images.

Saying the city's budget is too stretched and that police want to maintain the trust of the immigrant community, Mayor Eric Garcetti and police Chief Charlie Beck announced today the Los Angeles Police Department will no longer comply with requests from federal immigration officials to detain suspects.

Garcetti said the department will not adhere to "detainer requests issued without judicial review."

The mayor said he wants the city to treat immigrants -- whether they are in the country legally or not -- with respect and dignity, "while we wait on the federal government to act on immigration reform."

Beck said the department would follow the mayor's directive, saying it is important for the department to have the trust of the community.

"There's nothing more important to a police department than community trust," Beck said.

—City News Service

Emerald July 07, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Illegals may have trust in LAPD, but I and thousands of others have lost respect and trust for both Beck and Garcetti. What a governmental sham. Illegals should all be deported.
PD July 07, 2014 at 02:48 PM
it is not that easy. Start doing that then you lose the cooperation with residents with illegal status. You might as,"how does that affect me?' Well if you are the Victim of a crime, let us say perhaps assault with a deadly weapon or rape and or death of YOUR family member. Then perhaps you might reconsider. Besides, we are having to pay for their housing not the feds.
jmarcos July 07, 2014 at 05:06 PM
As an American of Mexican descend I ask: Are they going to treat my country with respect and dignity? Think not.
robert klein July 07, 2014 at 08:16 PM
The city leadership is a disgrace. Dignity and respect? No, it is all politics and a continuation of the sanctuary status of the city. We are now a city overwhelmed with illegals, poverty, welfare and underachieving Spanish speaking kids in a very expensive though broken educational system. Dignity and respect? How about the illegals displaying some dignity and respect to the USA that they are sucking off.
Fernando lopez July 08, 2014 at 09:18 AM
You guys are all racist hyprocrites. Were the backbone of this country. There's a reason they allow immigrants in. You guys are just to ignorant to be aware of them. Good job.

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