The Los Angeles Police Department assuaged the fears of many LA natives when they issued a statement condemning Donald Trump's deportation rhetoric and maintaining their commitment not to police based on profiling illegal immigrants.
Police Chief Charlie Beck assured the public, "We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status. We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts. That is not our job, nor will I make it our job."
The Los Angeles Times reports that it is estimated that more than one million of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the nation reside in Los Angeles County. Local government has made efforts to address the fear inspired by Trump's campaign promises to divide families and oversee mass deportations.
The city's mayor, Eric Garcetti spoke out at a meeting for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles to put his constituents' concerns to rest. "If the first day, as president, we see something that is hostile to our people, hostile to our city, bad for our economy, bad for our security, we will speak up, speak out, act up and act out," Garcetti promised.
"Our law enforcement officers and LAPD don’t go around asking people for their papers, nor should they," Garcetti asserted. "That’s not the role of local law enforcement."
The mayor confirmed that Special Order 40, which protects illegal immigrants from being pursued by law enforcement based solely on their immigration status, would continue to preside in LA County. The order also protects illegal immigrants should they need to report a crime.
On the LAPD site, Beck explains, "It is imperative that our immigrant communities, regardless of their country of origin, understand that they are not at risk of being deported or subject to any other penalty for reporting crimes that they have either been the victim of or a witness to."
It is encouraging to know that the LAPD and the local government in LA will stand by their immigrant communities, despite the offensive anti-Latino and anti-immigrant sentiment espoused by Trump and his supporters.
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