Thursday, January 26, 2006

The City Council in a mostly Hispanic Los Angeles suburb has passed a resolution prohibiting local police from taking on immigration enforcement

Associated Press:

Maywood's resolution, passed unanimously 5-0 late Tuesday, also promised to reject any future federal law mandating cooperation between police and immigration officials in the city of 45,000 residents.

"We want to make clear that our police department will not become immigration agents," said mayor Thomas Martin. "We also want to send a message to places like Costa Mesa that police should be focused on gangs and drugs, and not overextending their resources."

In December, Costa Mesa voted to train police officers to help enforce immigration laws, a step that a handful of forces nationwide have taken since a federal law allowing it was passed in 1996.

Currently, municipalities have the option of enforcing immigration law, though a handful of immigration reform bills being considered by Congress would make it mandatory.

Bruce Leflar, Maywood's police chief, said his 43-officer force did not enforce immigration law and had no plans to do so.

Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Maywood's decision wouldn't impact the agency's ability to enforce immigration law there.

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At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Nick T said...

Does anyone in LA-LA land understand the term "dereliction of duty"? Upholding ALL THE LAWS "STATE,FEDERAL,AND LOCAL" Just which segment do they think "gangs and drugs"originate from-the local ESKIMOS???

At 5:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"mostly Hispanic"

Not sure exactly what to make of that part, because other cities that are not "mostly Hispanic" have also done similar things -- declared their city to be a "sanctuary". As I recall, the adjective "mostly" here is a rather large understatement.

Anyway, no surprise.

At 9:28 PM, Blogger Maywood Resident said...

The AP news story got it wrong. The Maywood City Council Resolution did not order the Police Department to do or not do anything. It just urged the U.S. Senate to reject a House bill on immigration, that would have changed the law about federal-city cooperation and required City police officers to act as INS agents, without reimburing cities for added costs.


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