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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at the 81st annual U.S. Conference of Mayors at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on June 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Yesterday, Garcetti announced that Los Angeles will no longer hold inmates longer than their jail time despite detention requests.
The City of LA will no longer hold inmates longer than their jail time despite detention requests from the the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) department - unless the police get a warrant or a judge vets and approves the request.
An ICE hold is not a mandate the police department has to obey, rather it is a request that, thus far, LAPD has honored. This choice has to do with a variety of reasons, including the cost impact of holding inmates beyond their prison time, as well as possible liability for damages accrued.
Critics say helping ICE do their job is a good thing. They also wonder why not hold inmates longer to err on the side of public safety? Should local police be using their resources to help out ICE - a federal department? Or should ICE, whose main concern is immigration issues, lean on their own knowledge? Is public safety in harms way if inmates, despited immigration status, are released when their time is up?
Angelica Salas, Executive Director at Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies at Center for Immigration Studies