Friday, April 13, 2007

What Does It Take?

Getting our government to follow its own antiquated and inadequate rule of law concerning illegal immigrants is nigh unto impossible.

My own county is one of the few exceptions, being one of only seven COUNTIES in the nation with the power to deport.

In Los Angeles, the LAPD is being sued over its long policy of looking the other way when it comes to determining the immigration status of a detained suspect.

From this source:

The department prohibits officers from inquiring about the immigration status of suspects, a policy strongly supported by Police Chief William Bratton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of unidentified police officers who are afraid to speak out but argue the policy creates a situation where the same illegal immigrants are repeatedly arrested when they could have been deported, lawyer David Klehm said.

"Everyone I spoke to told me their hands were tied with this policy," Klehm said.

The lawsuit relies on a section of the state's Health and Safety Code that states that in drug cases involving a non-citizen, "the arresting agency shall notify the appropriate agency of the United States having charge of deportation."

Los Angeles police officers do not ask about immigration status while interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects, and do not arrest people based on immigration status.

What a sad mess we're in when we have to sue our government to get it to do what it should be doing in the first place.

Of course, the cries of "racism" and "bigotry" are sure to start over this... Probably headed by La Raza. Would anyone care for a migraine with a large side of hypocrisy?

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