APRIL 30, 2010
As the Los Angeles La Raza movement prepares a mass protest over Arizona’s new immigration control law, the city’s police chief assures illegal immigrants who plan to march that his department’s official policy forbids asking residents for documentation.
In an apparent effort to encourage illegal aliens to join this weekend’s demonstration—expected to draw up to 100,000 people to the downtown area—Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has publicly guaranteed illegal immigrants that they are safe from deportation in his city.
The chief actually went out of his way, according to a local news report, to reassure illegal aliens that a decades-old policy (Special Order 40) preventing officers from asking suspects about immigration status is strictly enforced. The new
“Because of the ongoing issues in
A few years ago Judicial Watch filed a taxpayer lawsuit to end Special Order 40 because it clearly violates federal immigration law, which gives every police officer the discretion to communicate with federal authorities about an individual’s immigration status. An
Many police departments across the country—including
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