On Monday November 11th 2016 Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Garcetti clarified Los Angeles position on the upcoming changes in federal immigration law enforcement.
In spite of President Elect Trump’s plans for mass deportations of illegal immigrants, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck assured that LAPD will stick with Special Order 40. Special Order 40 – in effect since 1979 and signed back then by Chief Daryl Gates – prohibits Los Angeles Police Department from enforcing immigration law.
Speaking to Los Angeles Times, Chief Charlie Beck said: “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.”
L.A. Mayor, Eric Garcetti confirmed Los Angeles’ commitment to Special Order 40.
Speaking to the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, the Mayor said: “Our law enforcement officers and LAPD don’t go around asking people for their papers, nor should they. That’s not the role of local law enforcement.”