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Los Angeles becomes newest locality to stop doing federal government's job

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In an announcement Monday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the LAPD would no longer detain inmates when Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests that they do so.

To rounds of applause from immigration advocates, Garcetti scolded the federal government for shifting its duties onto cash-strapped local law enforcement agencies. "The federal government is in charge of enforcing federal immigration laws -- not us at the local level ... that responsibility can't be forced onto local law enforcement officials who already have stretched budgets."

Citing the importance of trust in the community, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said that the decision will not affect crime in Los Angeles. "This is not something for people to be concerned about, about serious criminals being released, because they will not."

The only exception to the LAPD's rejection of ICE hold requests will be if a warrant is out for a person taken into custody, or if a judge decides there is probable cause to detain the individual. This is a change from the current ICE mandate, which allows a federal ICE agent to simply order an inmate be detained for up to 48 hours, a procedure in place to allow ICE agents time to pick up the inmate.

The decision makes Los Angeles one of about a dozen localities in California and one of about 100 municipalities nationwide to reject ICE detainers.

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