L.A. Reaffirms Pro-Immigrant Stance; Trump Vows $ Reprisals

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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday that he has no plans to change the LAPD’s stance on immigration enforcement, despite President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to toughen federal immigration laws and deport millions of people upon taking office, reports the city’s Times. Since 1979, the LAPD has distanced itself from federal immigration policies by prohibiting officers from initiating contact with someone solely to determine whether he or she is in the country legally. “We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts,” Beck said. “That is not our job, nor will I make it our job.” More than 1 million of the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country without legal status live in Los Angeles County.

Meanwhile, Trump has vowed to block all federal funding to sanctuary cities as part of his 100-day action plan after he takes office, reports Marketplace. It will be a big job since more than 350 counties, cities and states are so-called sanctuaries. There isn’t a legal definition for a “sanctuary city.” Generally, these places have policies, police department orders or nonbinding resolutions that limit government officials from cooperating with federal immigration enforcement.

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