April 16, 2007
Re "Police face new suit on immigrants," April 11 Former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates had terrific foresight when he issued Special Order 40, relieving police officers of the responsibility of conducting stops or investigations based solely on the immigration status of a person. Gates' primary reason was to eliminate fears of deportation by immigrants who may otherwise cooperate with police. The best reason why Los Angeles police officers should not be an arm of immigration enforcement is that they should be available to attack more serious crimes, primarily the violent and murderous gangs that exist, a small minority of which are illegal immigrants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1993 |
At the El Tigre market on Hoover Street, the owners have hired extra security guards and cut back on shelf stores. Down the block on Pico Boulevard, the shoemaker (who doubles as an income tax preparer) has removed his papers, photocopying machine and other valuables to his home for safekeeping. And up on 6th Street, Concepcion Aguilar has stocked up on tortillas, beans, rice and other necessities, the better not to be caught short in an emergency.
May 12, 2011 |
Mexican authorities fired seven regional directors of the country's immigration agency Thursday after allegations that its officers in northern Mexico had delivered Central American migrants to kidnapping gangs. Commissioner Salvador Beltran del Rio described the firings as part of a wider effort to weed out corruption at the National Institute of Migration, or INM, the agency that enforces Mexico's immigration laws. Mexican officials have pledged to fight armed groups that kidnap migrants to extort money or recruit them for drug trafficking.
October 27, 2009 |
On March 12, Juan Garcia, a 53-year-old homeless man, was brutally murdered in an alley off 9th and Alvarado streets in the Westlake District, just west of downtown Los Angeles. At first, the police were stumped; there were no known witnesses and few clues. Then a 43-year-old undocumented immigrant who witnessed the crime came forward and told the homicide detectives from the Rampart station what he saw. Because of his help, a suspect was identified and arrested a few days later while hiding in skid row. Because the witness was not afraid to contact the police, an accused murderer was taken off the streets, and we are all a little bit safer.
June 5, 1985
Federal immigration agents arrested 254 suspected illegal aliens at a City of Industry light fixture assembly plant in what officials said was the largest number of such arrests at once in the Los Angeles area in a decade. The raid involving 36 Immigration and Naturalization officials occurred at the Lights of America plant at 19395 E. Walnut Drive. Officials at the plant refused to comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1999
Re "Officials Launch Probe Into INS Agents' Actions," Feb. 20, concerning allegations that immigration agents acted inappropriately on a sweep at Wilwood Engineering Inc. in Camarillo. I wonder how the employees who were not legal immigrants managed to get hired by that company. As a reader, I would like to know if Wilwood gets penalized for hiring these employees and whether immigration agents receive disciplinary action for their behavior. The public needs to be diligent in demanding that our agencies serve with a fair and just hand.