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LA Police to Stop Seizing Cars of Illegal Immigrants

USAToday.com

March 17, 2011

LOS ANGELES – In a move that would cause controversy just about anywhere else, the Los Angeles Police Department has eased a policy that led to impounding of cars being driven by suspected undocumented immigrants.

Police Chief Charlie Beck has ordered his officers to stop seizing cars of sober but unlicensed undocumented immigrants when they are stopped in sobriety checkpoints, KPCC-FM radio reports.

Instead, police will let those who were stopped have a “reasonable time” to find someone who is licensed to who can drive their car home. The change, advocated by immigration advocates, won’t apply to anyone suspected of being drunk behind the wheel or who is being sought by police. As one of the nation’s most closely watched and influential police agencies, the new LAPD policy may get a close look in other cities.

Interestingly, police will seize and impound cars of citizens and legal residents who also don’t have a driver’s license because they, unlike the illegal immigrants, hae the option of applying for one.

Beck said he made the change because those most affected by the change were otherwise law-abiding, hardworking people. KPPC says about 1,000 cars were impounded by police last year belonging to undocumented immigrants.


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    Baxter2

    about 3 years ago

    1846 Comments

    So, if you're a US citizen, car gets towed. If you're an illegal immigrant, have a nice day and drive safely ? More PC garbage and nonsense run amuck. Somebody better fix this nation fast before it's too late.

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    aussie4

    about 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    So legal people will have their auto's taken and illegal ones wont, yep what a country if I were them I would come here also, especially to kalifornia where being an illegal is.... legal.

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    patrickT

    about 3 years ago

    324 Comments

    How is the officer supposed to figure out whether someone is an "undocumented immigrant"?

    If one were a legal immigrant, or if one were an American born citizen and didn't have a driver's license, and was not carrying my US Passport, and one claims to be an "undocumented immigrant". How would the officer confirm to disprove the claim?

    The officer couldn't seek help from INS to make the determination. Otherwise, INS would be notified of the "undocumented immigrant", and the car might not be impounded, but the person would be jailed and deported.

    How does this work?

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    coshane220

    about 3 years ago

    682 Comments

    UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    WACollector

    about 3 years ago

    764 Comments

    F*CK Beck and anyone who supports him!!! Just one more item to my loooooong list of reasons why I haven't spent a dime in LA since Chief Gates was forced out....

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    I don't believe what I am reading. So let me get this straight. Legal citizen with no license = Impound. Illegal Alien with no license = Have a nice day? Glad I live in AZ.

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    HEYSARGE

    about 3 years ago

    16734 Comments

    Bad Decision!

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    Jonas

    about 3 years ago

    41140 Comments

    Yep folks this is what it's like in the limelight of southern California, and the 3rd largest leftist city in the USA.

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    bobska

    about 3 years ago

    660 Comments

    WTF!!! This is some serious Bull Shit!!!!

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    Lmcliffe

    about 3 years ago

    46 Comments

    Oh, sorry he said "people" not citizen..but you know that ass crack just picked his words wisely, he should be fired. Dumb ass.

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    Lmcliffe

    about 3 years ago

    46 Comments

    WTF? How can an illegal immigrant be classed as a law abiding "CITIZEN"??

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    Irishcop1961

    about 3 years ago

    45846 Comments

    Bump DALLASCRANE

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 3 years ago

    19386 Comments

    Illegal is now legal? In California the rules are always a bit different. Do they get a free tank of gas for their inconvenience?

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    Oncethere2506

    about 3 years ago

    274 Comments

    This only reinforces my feelings towards our department leaders.

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    lkdavis71

    about 3 years ago

    1068 Comments

    Another group bends over for the criminal immigrants. You know what comes next.

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