California has long been a “sanctuary” for illegal immigrants. Many have had their eyes on the state to see how they would react to Donald Trump being named President-elect since his campaign rhetoric has long been about deporting millions of illegal immigrants. It appears that the LAPD and other public officials in the state plan to simply ignore Trump’s rules.
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LAPD Chief, Charlie Beck, said Monday that his department has no plans to change how they handle immigration laws now. Beck told the LA Times, “I don’t intend on doing anything different.”
“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.”
Trump has expected a backlash in certain states refusing to follow the new immigration reform he will implement when he is appointed to office. Trump stated any cities refusing to follow the new immigration policy will lose funding from the federal government.
Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, backed the police chief and took a similar approach to the issue when he spoke at a meeting of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. He said during his keynote that the city would challenge Trump’s immigration policies.
“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 said.
Whether you support Trump or not, it is still reprehensible that city officials and law enforcement refuse to follow a President’s new policies because personal agendas trump what is expected of all states in this country.
Los Angeles officers are prevented from approaching someone just to inquire about their citizenship status. Beck added, “This is the same LAPD you had Monday, a week ago. We have not changed because of the election on Tuesday. We have the same principles. We have the same values,” He concluded by stating, “This is not going to change the way that the Los Angeles Police Department enforces the law.”
This will be a hotly pressed subject in the months to come as Trump takes the office and the reins of the nation. It will be interesting to see if others fight against his immigration policies. Trump will either have to stand tall and follow through with the policies his campaign has been centered around or give in to liberal protest. Only time will tell.