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LA Mayor Writes Letter To ICE Agents

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Los Angeles officials sent a letter to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency Thursday requesting that their agents stop misrepresenting themselves as police officers.

The letter, addressed to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesDistrict Director Susan Curda, cited a Los Angeles Times report that claimed ICE agents were identifying themselves only as “police officers during the course of immigration investigations and enforcement.”

When residents hear the term “police,” the letter argues, they will presume they are dealing with Los Angeles Police Department officers.

“For ICE agents to represent themselves as police misleads the public into believing they are interacting with the LAPD.”

According to the L.A. Times, a video released by ICE showed an agent identifying himself to a deportee by saying, “Good morning, how you doing? I’m a police officer. We’re doing an investigation.”

“This is especially corrosive given that to advance public safety, LAPD does not initiate police action with the objective of determining a person’s immigration status,” the letter goes on to say.

It was signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer and L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson.

 

 

Source : CBS 

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