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Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck talks to members of the media in front of City Hall in downtown in the early hours of November 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
The Los Angeles Police Department is diving right into the national immigration debate.
Chief Charlie Beck has unveiled new rules redefining his department's stance on detaining illegal immigrants. LAPD officers will no longer turn illegal immigrants arrested for minor crimes over to federal authorities for deportation.
He hopes to have the rules in place by the start of the new year.
The Immigration Customs Enforcement declined to give an interview but did release a statement:
Niels Frenzen, Clinical Professor of Law Director of Immigration Clinic USC Gould School of Law.