LAPD Refuses to Hand Feds All Illegal Immigrants
Under new plan, police won't detain anyone not suspected of a felony
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 11, 2012 5:50 PM CST
In this May 25, 2010 file photo, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent walks down the aisle of charter jet for deportation.   (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

(Newser) – The LAPD will soon stop honoring federal requests to detain illegal immigrants for deportation if they are only accused of low-level crimes, under a new plan approved by the Los Angeles Police Commission today. The plan should kick in early next month, the LA Times reports. Commissioner John Mack called the new policy an "enlightened first step," but immigrants rights groups are opposed to it, arguing that it doesn't go far enough to protect illegal immigrants.

Police departments usually send fingerprints on every person arrested to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which will then ask police to detain the suspect if they may be in the country illegally. Under the new plan, the LAPD will stop honoring those detainer requests unless the suspect is accused of a felony or ICE can articulate some special circumstance necessitating detention.

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Dec 13, 2012 12:44 PM CST
WTF! great --- BREAKING NEWS TO ALL LOW LEVEL ILLEGAL CRIMINALS MOVE TO LOS ANGELES - YOU WONT BE DEPORTED! Even after commiting a crime. Califonrnia needs to just slide into the ocean & take its trash with it!
Dec 12, 2012 9:55 AM CST
JUSTICE in America? --- Low level crimes? --- Don't deport the illegals, and don't give them and the other minority, who commit 85% of ALL crimes in the US any jail time for low level crimes, whatever those are. --- But let a white man not pay a parking ticket, and they'll send him to jail. -------- REALLY
Dec 12, 2012 8:19 AM CST
john mack is a hack! get rid of him along with all the other illegal immigrants! if you are dumb enough to want in here do it the right way or stay home!