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KABC Radio - Ken Minyard Show - August 26, 2003.
Caller Steve (regarding Special Order 40): "The rest of your arguments are humorous. They're here illegally his job is to uphold the law."
Chief Bratton: "In as much as California has pretty much indicated that they don't want us involved in that issue, we're out of that business. If you don't like it leave the state."
This article appeared in today's Washington Times:
Senate bill may restrict police
By Charles Hurt
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
July 11, 2006
State and local police would be prohibited in key ways from helping Immigration and Customs Enforcement combat illegal immigration under Senate legislation, a wall that opponents say would lead to rampant fraud, hamper efforts to deport future illegals and threaten national security.
"The Senate bill would actually make us less safe," said Rep. Ed Royce, California Republican and chairman of the International Relations Committee's subcommittee on international terrorism and nonproliferation. It "would roll back the ability for state and local officials to cooperate with federal officials."
Out of deference to the confidentiality concerns of foreigners in the U.S., the bill would bar state and local police from detaining aliens simply for being in the U.S. illegally. Police could arrest the aliens only if they commit certain additional violations of federal immigration law such as marriage fraud or document counterfeiting.
This has gone on for about 45 years. Los Angeles put in RULE 40. RULE 40 dictated to Police that they could NOT ask if someone was a citizen, as that MIGHT deter the person from reporting a crime.
In San Diego, a Hispanic Deputy Chief of Police dictated that "Lowriders" would not be stopped, and not be cited, even though their vehicles were illegal and unsafe because " It is an ETHNIC violation"