In a recent LAPD Chief’s Directive, LAPD updated Special Order 40 and its policies that limit LAPD participation in immigration enforcement. We welcome these recent steps taken by LAPD Chief Beck and Mayor Garcetti to reduce the role of police in immigration enforcement. But LAPD must to do more to completely disentangle from the Trump Administration’s deportation machine.
As a result of the Chief’s Directive:
- LAPD will no longer systematically collect information about residents’ place of birth in field encounters. This important change will protect sensitive information from disclosure to immigration authorities and avoid questioning that has created unnecessary fear in the community and distrust of LAPD. But LAPD will still systematically collect information about place of birth for those arrested, and share this information indirectly with ICE.
- LAPD will no longer engage in joint operations with ICE or CBP which directly involve civil immigration enforcement. This important limitation will reduce circumstances where LAPD participates in operations that lead to civil immigration enforcement. However, LAPD will still participate in joint task forces or operations which result in information-sharing and collateral arrests by immigration authorities.
- LAPD will limit its participation in criminal immigration enforcement. But LAPD will still arrest people in minor police encounters and turn them over to ICE if they were previously deported and have certain prior criminal convictions, even if the convictions are old.
- LAPD will now provide reports to the Police Commission about requests to collaborate with ICE. But LAPD has not yet committed to ensure this information is provided to the public.
Los Angeles must now follow through on the Mayor and Chief’s commitment to further revise LAPD policy to avoid participating in immigration enforcement.
- LAPD must expressly prohibit the voluntary collection and sharing of information with ICE—including collecting the immigration status of people applying for special immigration protections for crime victims and the birthplace of all who are arrested, and sharing with ICE time of release and court dates.
- LAPD must prohibit ICE access to jails to interrogate City residents without a judicial warrant, as at least 20 other jurisdictions have done.
It is more important than ever to stand up to an anti-immigrant agenda.
“In the face of a crack-down on our communities from the Trump administration, Los Angeles must act to ensure that all who live, study, and work in the city find sanctuary,” said Carlos Amador, Organizing Director with California Immigrant Policy Center. “The Mayor and the Police Department should not wait one second longer to enact policies that disentangle the police from Trump's deportation machine.”
“I survived the most horrible reality last year when my mother was arrested by ICE agents who joined LAPD on an operation in East Hollywood,” Xochitl Paredes, LA resident. “My mother was not charged with any crime, and was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But she was nearly deported because of LAPD’s partnership with ICE.”
“With the Chief’s Directive, the City and LAPD have modernized some policies to address the ICE threat,” said Rev. Zachary Hoover, Executive Director of LA Voice. “There remains more to do. Yet we are heartened by the progress toward recognizing the value of all residents of the City of Los Angeles, just as God sees us.”
“An estimated 70% of deportations are due in part to cooperation from local law enforcement. Our police should not be enlisted as deportation agents,” said Emi MacLean, Staff Attorney at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and lawyer for several people who were deported, or whose deportations were narrowly averted, because of ICE’s cooperation with LAPD and the Sheriff’s Department. “Los Angeles can and must do better.”
“Across the country, jurisdictions are advancing policies to protect residents from being deported through actions of local law enforcement,” said Professor Ingrid Eagly, of the UCLA School of Law. “These policies include preventing local police from sharing information with ICE, participating in joint task forces, or transferring people into ICE custody.”
“LAPD has the power and authority to strictly limit its collaboration with immigration authorities,” said Kathleen Kim, professor at Loyola Law School and a former LAPD Police Commissioner. “To advance community policing and ensure the public safety of this
city’s diverse population, LAPD must refrain from participation in immigration enforcement.”
“LAPD’s complicity in the federal detention and deportation apparatus is representative of a larger pattern of criminalizing and over-policing communities of color,” said Phal Sok, Organizer with the Youth Justice Coalition and currently fighting his own deportation. “Our public servants and public dollars should serve the community, not facilitate our deportation.”
The Coalition for a Safe LA for All calls on Mayor Garcetti, the Police Commission, Chief Beck, and the City Council to avoid participation in deportations.
- Don’t Collect & Share Information for Immigration Enforcement: Do not respond to requests by immigration agents for personal information unless required by law. Limit the collection of such information in the first place. You cannot share what you don’t collect.
- Don’t Collaborate: Don’t participate in joint operations with immigration officials. Do not arrest, hold or transfer people for immigration violations. Do not grant ICE access to jails.
- Don’t Criminalize: Limit arrests and bookings for minor offenses. Expand citation and release. Decriminalize street vending and other “quality of life” offenses.
The Coalition in support of reforms to LAPD policy includes:
American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal)
Ana Muñiz, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, University of California-Irvine
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (AAAJ-LA)
Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)
California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA)
Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)
Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE)
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)
Community Coalition (CoCo)
Esperanza Community Housing Corporation
Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project
Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
Rev. Kelvin Sauls, Senior Pastor, Holman United Methodist Church
Immigrant Defenders Law Center
Immigrant Legal Resources Center
Indivisible Highland Park (IHLP)
Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA)
Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA)
LA Federation of Labor
Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (LIJC)
March and Rally LA
Mexican American Bar Association (MABA)
National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
National Lawyers Guild - Los Angeles (NLG-LA)
Pilipino Workers Center
People Organized for Westside Renewal (POWER)
SEIU United Service Workers West (SEIU-USWW)
UCLA Criminal Defense Clinic
UCLA Labor Center
Urban Peace Institute
Youth Justice Coalition (YJC)