Suit Targets LAPD over 'Sanctuary Law'; Policy Gives Edge to Illegal Aliens

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Suit Targets LAPD over 'Sanctuary Law'; Policy Gives Edge to Illegal Aliens


Byline: Jerry Seper, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A lawsuit has been filed against the Los Angeles Police Department challenging its long-standing "sanctuary law" for illegal aliens known as Special Order 40 which bars its officers from asking about the immigration status of persons they encounter on duty.

Filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by activist attorney David Klehm on behalf of unidentified LAPD officers who argue the 30-year-old policy prevents the deportation of illegal aliens whom they repeatedly arrest, the suit would require the department to inform federal immigration officials when suspected illegals are arrested on drug charges.

Los Angeles was the first city to pass regulations prohibiting its employees, including police officers, from enforcing federal immigration laws. Sanctuary ordinances with varying details are now in place throughout the country, including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston and Austin, Texas.

Similar and still-pending lawsuits were filed last year by Judicial Watch against the LAPD and the Chicago Police Department calling for an end to policies that prohibit police officers from inquiring about a person's immigration status.

Last month, the District-based public interest group also filed an open-records lawsuit against the Washington Metropolitan Police Department asking the court to compel the department to comply with an Aug. 10 Freedom of Information Act request seeking documents about its rules on the interaction between D.C. police and known or suspected illegals.

Immigration opponents argue that sanctuary laws encourage illegal entry. Some critics, including the District-based Federation of American Immigration Reform, have said the laws offer shelter for would-be terrorists by allowing illegal aliens to establish themselves as residents. …

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