In a clear act of defiance against Donald Trump’s promise to deport or imprison millions of undocumented immigrants after his inauguration, several police departments have declared that they will not participate in the president-elect’s deportation plans.
LAPD, one of the nation’s largest police forces just announced it won’t supporting Donald Trump’s deportation policy, The Los Angeles Times Reported.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday that the force would not change its stance on immigration enforcement. Since 1979, the LAPD has barred officers from contacting people solely to investigate whether they are in the country legally, During Beck’s tenure, the department also stopped bringing suspects in minor crimes to federal authorities.
“I don’t intend on doing anything different,” Beck told the LA Times “We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status. We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts. That is not our job, nor will I make it our job.”
KCAL 9 pointed out in the news video above that Trump has also threatened so-called “sanctuary cities” ― those perceived as not cooperating with federal deportation efforts ― with cuts in federal funding.
The Denver Police Department also weighed in on the matter Monday, telling local ABC affiliate Denver-7 that “police officers in the mile-high city will not participate in President-elect Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement efforts.
“Immigration enforcement is handled at the federal level, not by local law enforcement,” Denver Police Chief Robert White told the station.
“The Denver Police Department has not participated in those enforcement efforts in the past and will not be involved in the future,” he added.
According to media reports, other police departments —including Alburque, NM, Seattle, WA, and Portland, OR— have expressed that they will not support Trump’s deportation policy.