LAPD Chief Refuses to Enforce Trump Immigration Law

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With 'sanctuary' cities across America furiously defiant over the new administration's threats to halt Obama's taxpayer-funded law-breaking, AP reports that President Trump is reviving a program that deputizes local officers to enforce federal immigration law.

The program received scant attention as Trump announced on the same day his plans to build a border wall and hire thousands more federal agents as he looks to fulfill promises from his campaign.


The program has fallen out of the favor in recent years amid complaints from critics that it promotes racial profiling.


More than 60 police and sheriff's agencies had the special authority in 2009.


Since then, the number has been halved and the effort scaled back amid complaints officers weren't focusing on catching violent offenders and instead arrested immigrants for minor violations.

Police leaders across America have already responded with LAPD chief Charlie Beck perhaps the most vocal, saying in November, he has no plans to follow Trump's demands, "we are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status. We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts."

Chief Beck said he planned to maintain the long-standing separation.

For decades, the LAPD has distanced itself from federal immigration policies. The LAPD prohibits officers from initiating contact with someone solely to determine whether they are in the country legally, mandated by a special order signed by then-chief Daryl Gates in 1979. During Beck’s tenure as chief, the department stopped turning over people arrested for low-level crimes to federal agents for deportation and moved away from honoring federal requests to detain inmates who might be deportable past their jail terms.


“I don’t intend on doing anything different,” he said. “We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status. We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts. That is not our job, nor will I make it our job.”


In Los Angeles, officials have tried to alleviate some of those concerns by signaling their support for the city’s immigrant residents. At a meeting Friday at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city would question Trump’s decisions on immigration.


“If the first day, as president, we see something that is hostile to our people, hostile to our city, bad for our economy, bad for our security, we will speak up, speak out, act up and act out,” Garcetti said.

The mayor also said that the LAPD would continue to enforce Special Order 40, the Gates-signed directive that bars officers from contacting someone solely to determine their immigration status.

“Our law enforcement officers and LAPD don’t go around asking people for their papers, nor should they,” he said. “That’s not the role of local law enforcement.”

And now today,

"This is not our job, nor will I make it our job,” Beck said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.


“We couldn’t deport 500,000 people if we wanted to, and if we did, it would be at the expense of public safety,”

As AP notes, however, the program could end up having a significant impact on immigration enforcement around the country..

Sheriff Joe Arpaio used the program most aggressively in metro Phoenix, and he became arguably the nation's best-known immigration enforcer at the local level in large part because of the special authority. In a strange twist, he was thrown out of office in the same election that vaulted Trump to the presidency, mostly because of mounting frustration over legal issues and costs stemming from the patrols.



In his executive order this week, Trump said he wants to empower local law enforcement to act as immigration officers and help with the "investigation, apprehension, or detention" of immigrants in the country illegally.


The move comes at a time when the country is sharply divided over the treatment of immigrants. Cities such as Chicago and San Francisco have opposed police involvement in immigration while some counties in Massachusetts and Texas are now seeking to jump in.


Proponents say police departments can help bolster immigration enforcement and prevent criminals from being released back into their neighborhoods, while critics argue that deputizing local officers will lead to racial profiling and erode community trust in police.

With Trump in office, the program has new life.

Even before the change in administration, two Republican county sheriffs in Massachusetts said they were starting programs. In Texas, Jackson County sheriff A. J. "Andy" Louderback said two officers will get trained to run immigration jail checks this spring and nearby counties want to follow suit. Louderback said teaming up with federal agents will cost his agency roughly $3,000 — a small price to pay to cover for officers while they're on a four-week training course, especially in an area struggling with human smuggling.


Once the program is underway, he said immigration agents will send a daily van to pick up anyone flagged for deportation from jail. "It just seems like good law enforcement to partner with federal law enforcement in this area," he said. "It takes all of us to do this job."

'Experts' said Trump's outreach to local law enforcement will create an even bigger split between sanctuary cities that keep police out of immigration enforcement and those eager to help the new president bolster deportations. "There is no question that in order to do the type of mass deportation that he promised, it will require him conscripting local law enforcement agencies," said Chris Newman, legal director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. "It is going to balkanize things ... and we're going to see more of the extremes."

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JamesBond's picture

National Guard, NOW!

Cman5000's picture

The only thing Libs understand is cash. Take that away and policy will change. 

D Nyle's picture

A couple days in Chino will fix that Chief Beck

knukles's picture

Now the collective shit meets the fan.
Withdraw funding?  Deputize the chief and if he refuses, are we yet at the point of conspiracy to overthrow?

You take federal money for law enforcement efforts?
Do you uphold and enforce all federal laws?
Then we have to audit your federal funds releases to ensure that you've neither misappropriated funds or broken any laws.
You heard me.  Mr SecTreas, immediately withhold any and all federal funds for law enforcement in LA and subsequent to our audit, they can be reinstated should findings be satisfactory.
What!  You Can't Do That?
Oh yeah?

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) knukles Jan 29, 2017 5:51 PM

There is a God

espirit's picture

"country is sharply divided over the treatment of immigrants."

No, illegal aliens.

An injustice to those who went through naturalization to become citizens of the U.S.


Sheriff Joe, where are you?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) espirit Jan 29, 2017 6:08 PM

Im starting to think I am going to get killed in California.

I am behind enemy lines and I confront them openly.


Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Spool up all those MRAPs and SWATTIES, give em an extra testosterone injection, and tellem 'Murrica needs you . . . to clean house'.

Whoa Dammit's picture

Selective law enforcement is the same as no law inforcement.

And it brings up the question of equal protection under the law. For example, why is okay for me to get pulled over for a speeding ticket, but someone else will not be stopped for suspicion of being here illegally?

archon's picture

We should get pro-active about helping California secede.  California goes away, problem solved...

Joe Davola's picture

With so many laws, selective enforcement is effectively baked into the system. Which is why the effort to reduce the size of the cfr needs to happen. It also leads to the situation where everyone is violating some law, making everyone live in fear of the midnight knock on the door.
Is the LA police chief implying there's 1/2 a million illegals there. Wow.

NidStyles's picture

If California leaves, they will simply invade another state and take that one as well. No, they can't have California, it's ours. They need to go back to where they came from. You want our territory? Earn it the right way. This squater BS isn't going to fly with the public.


I'm going to be honest, I see no reason why Trump can't legally declare a state of emergency and use federal powers that all the previous presidents have passed into law. The way the system is set up the President can simply declare the state of emergency, and deal with the cities directly.


I don't think these people understand the situation they are in.

HNIC's picture

My favorite finally say something I agree with.   Enter legally, with permission.  The fighting words have to go Nid.   You will lose the race war you pretend to want.   Way too many hispanics will wipe your ass off this planet.   Its better if you go to Arizona.   Those hispanics may be more tame for you.   California is no territory to openly spout your racist views.   That silly notion people are tame here is fantasy.

knukles's picture

My dear brother, we are indeed behind enemy lines.  These people are crazy.  Dangerously despicably crazy with no moral and ethical locus.  They openly worship Moloch while Dispensing of their Own Indulgences.
But the greatest failing is that they well and truly believe that they are the Royalty of Enlightenment that the World Aspires to.

LAPD not enforcing the law.
Selectively enforcing the laws provides for an unfair and unjust society.

So it is true then that the LAPD are Fascists.


Ms. Erable's picture

Federal charges for Beck and other like him are proper and necessary:

-Obstruction of Justice

-Aiding and Abetting a Fugitive

-Accessory to (any crime committed by any illegal)

Convictions for charges on each count (there are easily 5mm illegals in CA alone, if not more) for every single apprehended illegal alien would put most of these idiots in prison for life. Then the feds can go after 'sanctuary' city council members and county supervisors using RICO statutes.


HNIC's picture

Perhaps you should move out of state.   Whites are NEVER going to dominate California again.    BTW I find it highly convenient of you to ignore how white Texans flagaranly broke Mexican laws in the 1860s.  Funny how YOU can break sovereign laws, yet other ehtnicities must comply.

And if you think I support illegal immigration, you're dead wrong.  We spend far too much money on people that don't belong here.   My beef is with expenses, not race.   You however, can't get over not being dominant.  Like those snowflakes you mock so much.   Afraid you can't compete in the real world?


Darkman17's picture

Yeah, me too. Where are you? Time to start banding a militia...

Xena fobe's picture

Chris is in S.F.  i am in ELA.  I believe Chris is a woman.  So am I. I am afraid we wouldn't be much help.  I am a natural fighter and will not back down in the face of danger.  Still, being female would probably just get myself killed!  Maybe we are letting this get to us.  We always have the option of.leaving CA.  We'd find jobs elsewhere. 

Xena fobe's picture

Same here.  It feels like a powder keg ready to go off any minute. I'm trying to stay calm since chances are this will all be resolved in court.   More than violence, I fear disruptions like no food on the store shelves, no gasoline, no electricity.  This is a disaster for a city person.

knukles's picture

Just imagine TPTB's leverage through Agenda 21, crammed more and more into smaller and smaller footprints.
Just imagine .... 

Xena fobe's picture

Yes, living like ants never seeing the sunlight.  I heard on the radio LAX protesters were confronted by counter protesters.  This is great news.  I hope I can figure out who they are and join them.  Nice to talk to you Knukles.  I always like yout comments.  

turnoffthewater's picture

Yeah but just think when CA secedes, that good CA wine will be cheap and plentiful coz the export duties will be so high.

decon's picture

These lousy fuckers aren't being asked to actively seek out illegal immigrants they're just being asked to arrest, detain or hold them at the jail when they encounter/arrest them during the course of normal police work.  I was a cop for 32 years, much of it in rural Maricopa Co. AZ and I can't tell you how many times I would detain a group of illegal immigrants and nobody from ICE would show up to take them off my hands.  The only time you could count on them showing up was if one of the tonks had a medical issue.

I didn't work for the county and sheriff Joe's boys really didn't have a very good reputation generally but I always had a soft spot in my heart for him because he was willing to take on the illegal immigration issue.

Stinkytofu's picture

the good sherrif's deputies have no problem running a background check,

checking for outstanding warrants, checking license and registration,

checking for insurance when pulled over for any minor infraction

(real or imagined).  so WHY the problem with asking about legal

status to remain in the united states if the officer suspects non-

compliance with immigration law.....when already being questioned

or after being arrested?

decon's picture

What document do you carry that shows you're a legal citizen?  I don't usually carry my passport either.  For a street cop determining someones legal status can be problematic.  Often times it's the totality of the circumstances.  That's why they can have specially trained people at the jails that do the investigation to determine status or they call ICE to do the investigation if they've arrested someone they suspect is here illegally.

So It Goes's picture


Votes - 10 up and 5 down.   Hummmmm........

Maybe you should substitue the word "God" for "karma".

Even as an expression of approval of a deity some are offended.

If you want a better ratio of up to down votes, don't offend those who made a leap of FAITH and are invested in believing in a supernatural construct.  They just have no sense of humor.

ThanksChump's picture

Declare them secessionists and seditionists, then VX gas the blue counties in CA.


Simple, effective, permanent, and an example no one will ignore.

Jubal Early's picture

"Do you uphold and enforce all federal laws?"

Do you really think that city police departments should automatically enforce all "federal laws"?  Is there not something called the constitution to prevent the federal government from trashing states that stand it its way?  Does Trump really want to start his next for years in this fashion?  And all this from you, Zippy?

ZD1's picture

Why should citizens who live in states like Commiefornia have to adhere to the decrees of Democrat state politicians for open borders and sanctuary cities filled with illegals? 

divingengineer's picture

Fine, have it your way.
I hope Trump sends 7,000 of the new 10,000 border guards to LA County to go on a rip enforcing these federal laws.
Should local cops arrest people for bank robbery or child trafficking?
Or should they sit on their ass and say "sorry, that's a federal crime"?

CheapBastard's picture

There are literally hundreds of thousands of unemployed Americans who would thoroughly enjoy being hired and trained to enforce the laws. Obama forced so many out of work that the admin should have no problemo recruiting new devoted patriotic Americans if these treasonous bitches refuse to enforce the law.

Darkman17's picture

you are right. this issue is hard for me as a libertarian.

i see both sides and think it would be best if the cities refuse and lose their money and then stop paying federal taxes.

knukles's picture

Dear Jubal, it's not I suggesting they be de-funded, I'm simply forecasting the reality of the next several days which could very well turn into flames!
The NWO is funding the dissension.   CA and the lefties here are Jockeying For Position in CA Politics first and second, hopefully picking up the remnants (Identity feel good politics) of the Democratic Party.
There already was a poll out here (SF Examiner I believe, since deep sixed methinks) with 72% saying NO to secession. 

RiverRoad's picture

Soros "is funding the dissention".  Start at the top.

Jubal Early's picture

I spent the first 25 years of my life in the Bay Area.  I think California is lost anyway, and least until after the coming great famine has ended.  Setting the precedent for California will put every smaller state in the Union at much higher risk of being bullied by the federal government.  

RiverRoad's picture

They think they can do to Immigrationn Law what they did to Prohibition Law, ie. ignore it and destroy it.

Sorry, with Trump as Pres., not gonna happen.

Tarjan's picture

What is wrong with these people? I thought that the US is a nation of law.
I live in China as a foreigner and spend winters in Thailand. In both countries I am required by their law to always carry my passport to show any relevant authority, or even for checking in to a hotel, that I have a valid residence permit (China) or current visa (Thailand). Illegal aliens are not tolerated in either country.
What has happened to respect for the law in the US?

Croesus's picture

All of these Libtard politicians should be forcibly removed from office.

I think that Trump's EO on immigration could have been planned better, but the Libtards are pushing towards breaking down law and order in society, because they disagree with a directive which is designed to protect public health and safety.

As usual, they think only with their 'feewings, with no consideration for the long-term consequences.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Croesus Jan 29, 2017 6:04 PM


My new battle cry.

From Huffington Post

I am on a plane over the USA right now—a United States citizen born to a Jewish mother and Christian father, free to come and go as I wish, while hundreds of thousands who hold citizenship of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya are NOT permitted to enter?—?for at least 90 days, perhaps indefinitely. This Executive Order includes permanent US residents with green cards (which a DHS spokesperson needed to clarify, shockingly), dual citizens of one of the above-stated countries AND another country (even our strongest allies, for example the UK citizen traveling from Costa Rica via New York earlier today), and those with valid visas to live and work in our country (like the people detained at JFK this morning, included one who worked with the U.S. military in Iraq for years, denied entry on arrival, and told to go back to the war-torn nation). 
Next week, 2,000 refugees and asylum seekers were scheduled to arrive in the U.S. 850 of those vulnerable individuals from the seven above-mentioned countries have been cancelled, per HIAS. These are peaceful, prayerful people fleeing unimagined persecution and violence, like those Syrian families whose stories I told in a recent photo essay. Note that refugees go through THE most stringent vetting process of any group seeking to enter the United States; it takes years and is comprehensive. Trump himself confirmed that Christian refugees will be prioritized, if and when the program resumes. Don’t fool yourself: this is anti-Muslim discrimination, targeting and blocking human beings on the basis of faith.

Charlie all mucked up with LA Jews, looks Jewish to me.

Jubal Early's picture

Do they have education and skills?  Do they speak english?  Do they have capital?  Do they have relatives willing to be responsible that they won't end up as parasite?  Or are they just more parasites.

ZD1's picture

Democrat's love parasites regardless if they're legal or illegal--as long as they vote for Democrats. 

divingengineer's picture

What's your deal, man?
First you troll one way, then the other.

Jubal Early's picture

Well in my book calling a person a troll, especially here at the ZH fightclub, tantamount to a BLM protester in Furgeson calling a white policeman racist.  In both cases the likelyhood of the party making the accusation being a kike increases by about 1000%.

Tiwin's picture

this whole issue is Kikey
All the countries on the Israeli shit list
Trump on his knees blowing Bibi

Cant wait to see the background of the next Supreme court nom.Jewish? thatll bring the court to 44% jew

CheapBastard's picture

The Tiger Mom at Yale said long agin we need strict immigration controls--only allow viable contributing non-terorist people into the USA. Too bad the Libtards have shut her up since she hit the nail on the head about ten years ago. Sadly, Soweeto Osama was elected and he hates America as we have seen.

Jubal Early's picture

I agree, they are just another camels nose under the tent.  Until the entire west can free themselves from the Rothschilds UN then letting "refugees" in under UN auspices and conditions is just suicide by Christian Syrian instead of Moslem Syrian.

Cheka_Mate's picture

The author of this article should try entering these listed countries on an Israeli passport.  

They would be turned around at the airport (except Somalia)

Very tolerant...

Jubal Early's picture

"Cheka_Mate" has an Israeli passport?  Sounds like sick "cackling at the stupid goyim" jew humor to me

"In 1921 the Troops for the Internal Defense of the Republic (a branch of the Cheka) numbered at least 200,000.[4] These troops policed labor camps; ran the Gulag system; conducted requisitions of food; subjected political opponents to secret arrest, detention, torture and summary execution; and put down rebellions and riots by workers or peasants, and mutinies in the desertion-plagued Red Army"