Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday that his department will not assist with any deportation plan the next administration might impose.
Beck told The Los Angeles Times that he does not “intend on doing anything different” when it comes to the LAPD’s long-standing position on undocumented immigrants.
“We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status,” he said. “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.”
For decades, the LAPD has distanced itself from federal immigration policies. The LAPD prohibits officers from initiating contact with someone solely to determine whether he or she is in the country legally, mandated by a special order signed by then-chief Daryl Gates in 1979. During Beck’s tenure as chief, the department stopped turning over people arrested for low-level crimes to federal agents for deportation and moved away from honoring federal requests to detain inmates who might be deportable past their jail terms.
Los Angeles is the third major US city to take a stance against assisting Trump with any deportation plan.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that not only will the city not cooperate with any federal deportation plan but could delete the city database of undocumented immigrants to prevent the feds from getting the information.
Similarly, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reaffirmed his city’s status as a sanctuary city.
“The city of Chicago is your home, you are always welcome in this city. Always,” he said, according to NBC Chicago. “From its first day, this city was a city of immigrants, its future is a city of immigrants, its people who come here because they know that in Chicago their struggles, their sacrifice on behalf of their children can be realized.”