Los Angeles doubles down on protecting illegals

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Despite having claimed on NPR that he doesn’t even know what a “sanctuary city” is, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an official directive on Tuesday, which “restricted city employees from cooperating with federal immigration officials and instructed police at the ports and airports to refrain from investigating a person’s immigration status.”

Los Angeles has been protecting illegal immigrants since 1979 by prohibiting officers from asking about the immigration status of criminals. They ramped those efforts up in 2014, when the LAPD stopped honoring ICE requests to detain those illegals after they’ve been arrested for nonviolent crimes, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Democratic mayor refuses to enforce President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement policies, citing a long debunked claim that enforcement of immigration laws destroys trust between police and illegal immigrants. According to the president, however, such policies foster lawlessness.

One California Supreme Court justice wrote a letter to the Trump administration last week asking that ICE agents stop “stalking undocumented immigrants in our courthouses to make arrests.”

The Los Angeles mayor is now widening his efforts by applying his latest directive to the following entities:

  • The police who patrol Los Angeles International Airport
  • The police who secure one of the nation’s biggest container ports
  • The Los Angeles Fire Department

ICE officials put out a statement, saying that the idea that the “agency’s execution of its mission is undermining public safety is outrageous and wrongheaded. In fact, the greater threat to public safety is local law enforcement’s continuing unwillingness to honor immigration detainers.

Rather than transferring convicted criminal aliens to ICE custody as requested, agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department, are routinely releasing these offenders back onto the street to potentially re-offend, and their victims are often other members of the immigrant community.’

The mayor’s directive is reportedly focused on “welcoming” illegals immigrants, and now immigrant-rights and civil-rights groups are pressuring him to “embrace the term sanctuary city and take further steps to protect the city’s immigrant population,” reported the WSJ.

H/T: Wall Street Journal

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