LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — A former Los Angeles police chief and current City Councilman said on Monday the city could risk losing the trust of the community if it fails to pass a bill that allows jurisdictions to opt out of a federal immigration enforcement program.

The City Council is set to vote on Tuesday on a bill that would allow local governments to opt out of a controversial federal program in which fingerprints of arrestees are shared with immigration agents.

If approved, the measure proposed by City Councilman Bernard Parks would add Los Angeles to a growing list of cities and states that have questioned whether the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s “Secure Communities” program is eroding trust between immigrants and police.

Parks, a former LAPD chief, told KNX 1070 that while the effort to tackle illegal immigration may be urgent, it shouldn’t come at the expense of allowing federal officials to become more actively involved in local enforcement operations.

“We can’t as a city be obligated to not only cover for the fact that the federal government doesn’t secure the borders, but also deteriorate a relationship from not just the Latino community, but across the board,” said Parks.

The City Council is slated to discuss on Tuesday whether to support a state bill to let local jurisdictions decide if they want to continue to participate in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Secure Communities program.

The program enables immigration agents to check the fingerprints of arrestees against Homeland Security records. Officials say it aims to help identify and deport immigrants convicted of serious crimes.

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Comments (86)
  1. duh says:

    And… let the fighting in the comments begin!

    1. Saber 1 says:

      Parks has his head in the sand, he don’t live anywhere near the ILLEGAL ALIEN problem so he can give a rats a$$. He was a poor police chief and no frigging up the city council.

  2. Linda Hamilton says:

    i guess Los angeles likes its stupidity. First they dont do anything about the gang problems and now they are giving money to the illegals. My gawd in heaven…..

  3. jiml says:

    There is much concern about eroding community trust and the community are illegals. Is there any concern at all about eroding community trust from folks who are legal?

  4. rob says:

    they need to be deported, its not a situation of hurting the feelings of the Mexicans, they are here illegally and should be treated as a criminal, they know what they are doing is wrong and anyone who is aiding and a bedding them are criminals as well, family or not, they need to go back to where they came from, bottom line, its not USA’s fault that their country is in poverty, that does not give them any reason to come here illegally and live off of my tax dollars and to make things worse, they cant even speak English, if your here at least speak the language, right?

    1. I agree with you, but... says:

      it’s aiding and abetting.

      1. rob says:

        thank you for that, Spell check stinks.

    2. Krys says:

      Agreed!!!!! Couldn’t have thought it better myself.

    3. sam says:

      So just because Mexico is the nearest country to the USA, you are already assuming it is only Mexicans who enter this country illegally. It’s all the people that cross the boarder to the U.S that are illegals, Asian, Canadians, Puerto Ricans, etc. As a matter of fact, if you do some research, you might find it quite interesting the U.S has had some fault through war and other means politically that have caused some countries go to the extent that their people rather come and live in the land of the “free”. What makes you think that many of us aren’t striving to become better of ourselves and learn English and get an education. For what, to contribute to this country and work without any financial help. Eventually as everyone else, we do pay back our student loans. Do ask yourself do many of us Hispanics that were born here say “my tax dollars” that the government is wasting selfishly on their own luxuries and not helping out the schools, college students or those “illegally” here willing to strive for this country even though it is not their country. Besides your tax dollars, what else do you contribute to your nation. Do you think we are just here to be fed from “your tax dollars” well you are wrong because the majority of us do work hard and contribute as much as you do and even more. We don’t take vacations or luxuries, we have family to take care of and mouths to feed and most of us do it without any help from the government. Think about what you do to make this country a safer better place for you and your family and the economy because we do give back to the economy as well.

      1. ugh says:

        you are an idiot – Puerto Rican’s are not illegal!

      2. ugh says:

        BUT you are correct, most latinos do not vacation, do pay taxes and work very hard.

    4. Robert says:

      illegals run this country all you lazy ass people rather be in welfare than get a job. its your country but your own people are messing it up with meth and rapping little girls and boys.. look at the idiot from the church choir

    5. Viking says:

      your tax dollars ? you can’t spell worh a lick, how much do you make a year ?
      25 k ? you tax dollar can’t buy bubble gum in this bad economy. Maybe you should go back to school and learn how to spell.

      1. ugh says:

        Perhaps he does make 25k but you know what… he pays taxes on that money and it’s money he worked for – not stolen. So if someone makes an honest dollar or 1 million it shouldn’t matter. He’s paying taxes and he’s probably only making 25k because the lack of op he is presented with not because he’s not smart enough!

    6. Tom says:

      There are illegal aliens from MANY other countries here, India, China, Vietnam, Armenia, Pakistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Russia, Germany, Philippines, etc. etc.

      Why you singled out Mexican’s beats me. Illegals, regardless of what country they came from, are a problem.

      P.S; It’s You’re here not “your here”.

  5. john Morrison says:

    And they just lost my trust by not enforcing the law. It pays to be here illegally, take jobs from citizens, use up entitlement programs and not pay taxes. Lets not destroy the trust between them and the city.

    1. cuevas says:

      taking jobs from citizens?….really?……what jobs are you talking about…oh yea its the job that NO CITIZENS wants……….i would like to see YOU moping the floors at MC Donalds or picking strawsberries. In my line of profession, i don’t see any illegals taking our jobs away unless they have a degree…….

      1. Saber 1 says:

        Give it a rest taco bender. You ILLEGAL ALIENS drove down the hourly wage making it a job citizens don’t want to do for peanuts. Plus, we don’t live twenty to a house to off set the cost of living.

      2. swhitS says:

        Wrong, illegals take jobs from all areas. They are all over the trades and construction fields even some professions and if you have not noticed but Police, Teachers, Firemen, Librarians etc., are out of work because the money that goes to illegals (10.5 billion) should be going to them.

  6. Al Magdaleno says:

    Let’s round up all the Irish, English and Scottish illegals and send them back home. Let’s see how all the American’s that look like them react when the cops stop and detain them.

    1. Roddy Piper says:

      You take that back son or ill slap you silly

      1. Robert says:

        Hey Roddy go get your self to school and learn how to write.. are you sick or why did you put ILL

  7. Jambi says:

    Mekka lekka hi mekka hiney hooo

    1. Pee Wee Herman says:

      Whats the secret word for today Jambi?!!

  8. Filberto Giilberto Sanchez says:

    I guess losing the trust of Americans who call LA home is no big deal. We should only be concerned about losing the trust of illegal invaders who shouldn’t be here in the first place.

    Essentially, the illegal invader community is being allowed to hold the city hostage, under the guise of “withholding community trust” if the city if the city of LA dare participate in Secure Communities.

    Since when should the LAPD care what this illegal invader community thinks, since these pople are not the most trustworthy people to begin with! ! What a disgrace. face it, LA has been sold out to those who wish to aid and abet illegal invaders!

    1. Captian Kirk says:

      I…tottaly agre…with…you!

  9. Jose says:

    I have a right to be here illegally.
    I have a right to free healthcare.
    I have more rights than you do in this country, so get over it.
    Don’t like it take it up with the mayor, He’s on my side.

    1. Brian says:

      The first thing the cops should do is round all people named Jose and send them back to Mexico.

      1. Tom says:

        And the 2nd thing is round up all the people with Non Native blood and send them back to their region of the world. Then we can have our Country back.

        By the way, if you didn’t realize that “Jose” was being sarcastic when he wrote that, then you can only blame yourself for failing in life. LOSER!

    2. Saber 1 says:

      Back off taco bender. You have the right to be silent. Anything you say can and will be used in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney, if you can’t afford one, one will be appointed to you at no cost. Then we ship your worthless third world toilet a$$ back to beanaco.

  10. Puddin Tane says:

    Where is the Federal Government? Here we have cities and states that want to follow the feder law and we have the federal law that want to file suit against them for doing just that. Until we get the politicians (the ones that WE voted for) to stop worrying about votes and more on the laws that govern us, we can’t do anything that will suit everyone.

    If your illegal, your illegal, no matter what nationality you are. They should also stop this brilliant idea that if you are born here you are a citizen. That sucks. If you parents can’t prove they are legal, you aren’t either. Out of all of the birthsw that have raised the census and costs taxpayers millions, I wonder how many were to illegal immigrants.

  11. jiml says:

    I agree with Al Magdaleno about deporting illegal Irish, English, ect… Illegals are illegals because they have no respect for our laws and they should be deported regardless of national origin. I’m of Irish decent and I don’t want illegals from any country taking our jobs, tax money, and showing complete disrespect for this country.

  12. jon says:

    It does’nt matter,the federal govmnt. said if they opt out NO FEDERAL FUNDS!!!!! YIPEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. jon says:

    That’s why Baca is already going at full bore!

  14. Please says:

    How can you use the word TRUST when these people have violated trust by coming here illegally. They have not paid into the system and they only take from the system. No other country would allow this type of behavior. Mr. Parks had a chance to do something as Chief. He’s only saying something because he trying to position himself to run for Mayor. Do you really think that he cares or it’s about what he can get out of it. You can’t make whats wrong into something right! Give me a break

    1. Robert says:

      how can we trust the white people they might rape your kids

  15. Borsia Novak says:

    A better question is why is “pass the buck Parks” still in office.
    He is a total do nothing lump of flesh that hasn’t done one thing for LA.
    Wake up idiot!! Illegals are costing the city YOU are supposed to be protecting BILLIONS!!!!
    Illegals cost CA over $10 Billion per year and a huge part of that is paid by LA citizens. The Federal Government isn’t doing anything about it because they aren’t paying it WE ARE!
    If saving your city such huge amounts of money and reducing crime isn’t your job you need to resign and let a responsible person take the helm.

  16. rjsmitty says:

    Buy a gun and protect yourself , because the county , state , and the nation will not .

  17. juan says:

    whatever happened to all the so called christians? wasn’t Jesus the Christ who said “whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers that you do unto me”?
    did they all forget about “love your neighbor”?, was there a fine print on all of his teachings? oh yeah people come here because the devil tempted them, i forgot about the biggest scapegoat there is….

    1. rjsmitty says:

      Christians try and obey the law .. The devil makes people break the law and then steal and lie … So I guess the devil made the illegals do it ?

  18. jiml says:

    Juan, illegal aliens are not our neighbors. Jesus said nothing about helping criminals who have no respect for our laws.

    1. ugh says:

      Do legals not commit crimes too? and they get 3 meals a day, a full workout gym, warm beds to sleep on at night and clothes. Many of them get out and do something to get back in because it’s so cozy for them!

  19. juan says:

    can you honestly say that jesus would agree with what you just have written? then you know nothing about the man who called himself jesus the christ, your obviously not christian, what i said was for those who supposedly follow his teachings.

    1. JesusChrist says:

      Leave me out of this or ill smite you. My son.

  20. Turi43 says:

    We all know that Mexican President Calderon has LA Mayor in his pocket re- illegal immigration and now we know that he has Parks as well.

  21. Turi43 says:

    We all know that Mexican President Calderon has LA Mayor Villaraigosa in his pocket re- illegal immigration and now we know that he has Parks as well.

  22. Alan C Rhine says:

    So who does the City Council really represent the legal citizens of LA ??????or all the ILLEGALS !!!! turning the city in to one giant cess pool

  23. alan hart says:

    “LAPD Immigration Checks Would Erode Community Trust” And, would eliminate half of the crime. Being an illegal is a crime in itself. We allow police to respond to bank robbery which is a federal crime, Why not illegal immigration?

    1. jiml says:

      Your logic is hard to argue with.

  24. Rodney King says:

    “Can’t we all get along”

  25. Marco says:

    I agree, i have friends here illegal and i can say that 90% of them dont pay taxes and get women knocked up, collect welfare and dont get to work, while my hard working sister (citizen) cant get free health for her son !!
    Go figure !!!

  26. illegalimmigrant says:

    si senoir me need the munney for beer and weed.

  27. Illegals go home. says:

    I do not care what the Country of origin of an illegal is, they need to be sent home. Period. Los Angeles needs to learn to respect the wishes of its true citizens and not its current population base. I am all for immigration if done right, but the line jumpers who want to contribute nothing but higher crime rates need to leave.

  28. Ceasar Chavev says:

    The Mexicans are like the coach roach, They were here before the dinosaurs and before man walked the earth. They survived over 100 million years through evolution, earthquakes, rock formations and huge Asteroids. They are here to stay, you can crush, swat and try to exterminate, but they seem to multiply in millions. You can kill some but not all of them – get used to it

    1. Ceasar Chavez says:

      Ceasar Chavez – so soooory my friends

  29. REPORT & DEPORT says:

    Illegal gardener/ tree trimmer showed up at my door wanting work and advised he would charge $200.00 to trim a tree my regular legal guy charges $140. I got his business card & will now be turning him in to ICE. Doubt he pays taxes

    1. Mike says:

      Those browns are no good everyone know that.
      But you aren’t any better.Backstabbing little biitch.

  30. zookeeper91326 says:

    Quoting my friend Dairenn: “When it comes to a person breaking federal law (such as armed robbery, murder and, yes, occupying the United States illegally), law enforcement officers take a sworn oath to uphold the law upon accepting their duties. You do not get to pick and choose which laws to enforce as a matter of policy. Yes, you might use some discretion if you’re a cop that discovers your mom is smoking weed. But that’s hardly the same thing (it’s a ticket). However, a department cannot make a public statement, saying, “we are not going to enforce laws A, B or C because it’s makes doing our jobs harder.” When has that ever become an acceptable excuse?

    If California were any kind of state worth a damn, the state agency that oversees the issuance of Peace Officer Standards Test certification would Seriously consider the legitimacy of any city or county law enforcement agency that willfully abdicates their duty to enforce ALL laws applicable within the United States and the state of California.”

  31. ugh says:

    Republics aka white men – get over yourselves. Did you not read the US census report? latinos will be in majority by 2050 – now play nice

    1. rjsmitty says:

      Illegal lations ? So that would make them the illegal majority in 2050

    2. icecream says:

      This great country is founded on production citizens and lawful residents that support this country. Not LEECHES !

  32. ugh says:

    Republicans aka white men – get over yourselves. Did you not read the US census report? latinos will be in majority by 2050 – now play nice

  33. Take back LA says:

    Every single problem in California and Los Angeles would be solved if we exterminate these illegals. But the democrats get these illegal votes from illegals and the democrats are not about to take their hand out of the tax payer cookie jar. Until an illegal kills a politicans family member nothing will happen. Hate to say it but someone needs to kill a family member of the governor and then he will do something about the roaches.

  34. Linda says:

    I should think the cops would be the first in line insisting on enforcing the laws they took an oath to uphold. Getting rid of gangs, criminal ativities, drugs and the killings of their fellow officiers. Apparently the side bennies are worth more to them than being proud of doing a great job.

  35. tired american says:

    And what everyone is missing here is that the fingers prints only get checked if they are in jail……which means they broke the law and caught….finger print info is shared with other law enforcement, so why not ICE? Its time we stop protecting the illegals and send them home.

  36. Lisa (Burbank Hills) says:

    To me the benefits of having illegals outweigh the negatives. They mow my lawn, wash my car, clean my house, valet my car, pack my groceries, pick my fruit, paint my house, cook my food at restaurants, clean my dishes at restaurants the list goes on and on. Yes, a lot of them drive without a license nor insurance and they have a lot of babies that taxpayers pay for but for me and my entire 100% Caucasian family we have no problem with them here in the U.S. 99.9% of us white people would not do most of the jobs they do for minimum wage so stop whining because if our tax dollars don’t go to illegals our wonderful president will use that money for the never-ending “war on terror”. I love you Mexicans…honestly 🙂

    1. rjsmitty says:

      Well I geuss thats why we have high unemployment .

    2. Sitting Bull says:

      Lisa – You’re not 100 % caucasian – your family came over on a boat from a Foreign country ( Ireland, Italy, Germany, England,) etc… This land belonged to the Indians then Mexico….

      The only true Americans are the Indians….

    3. icecream says:

      Lisa, You very clearly are a racist idiot.

    4. icecream says:

      You, Lisa, are a RACIST IDIOT !

  37. John says:

    You are not white.
    “100% Caucasian” You got to be kidding me.Who talks like that.

  38. DMAN says:


    1. icecream says:

      He is a Vote Wh0re !

  39. Rottie guy says:

    We have a state law, Penal Code Section 834(b) 2.c (Look it up) that clearly states that law enforcement will cooperate ICE and can not, nor prohibit any action in reporting information to ICE. Lets see our elected officials serve some jail time for allowing the non-enforcement of this law.

    1. icecream says:

      I guess that doesn’t apply to all the Vote Wh0res in public office !

  40. Jethrie Smith says:

    I love how the law doesn’t want to follow the law….funny isn’t it. As soon as law enforcement has a law that affects them they go and break the law.

  41. susan W. says:

    The job is nothing about trust but about upholding the law. If not, the only trust they will get from the people who pay their paychecks is they know they are aiding and abetting criminals.

  42. lOU says:

    parks was a dismal chief, ask any LAPD officer AND THE POLICE UNION ABOUT PARKS.

  43. Daisy says:

    “LAPD Immigration Checks Would Erode Community Trust” ???? I agree with previous posters. . .What about the true tax paying (Ii.e. INCOME & PROPERTY TAXES, not just sales tax), law abiding, decent LEGAL COMMUNITY? It’s obvious niether Parks nor the mayor care or represent that population. Pathethic….

  44. icecream says:

    How in the world can a former chief of a major law enforcement organization be opposed to supporting the law ? It is a dirty shame that he is proving himself to be just another gutless vote wh0re.

  45. icecream says:

    The federal government should withhold ALL federal funds from EVERY city and STATE that choses to ignore federal law. The exact same should apply to those lawless, vote wh0res that established themselves as “Sanctuary Cities”. Does ANYONE oput there really care about OUR country ?

  46. adolfo says:

    It is too late guys, these illegal problem should have been taken care of over 30 years ago. How do you explain the strongest country in the world being able to go across the world and take care of business not being able to stop unarmed people with very limited resources? The US could have stopped this a long time ago if they really wanted but they let it slide and now you have generations of anchor babies who are born here but never should have been if the US would have taken care of business decades ago. Their is no soluiton but to leave this state as we are now infested with illegal offspring spanding generations and it is only going to get worse.

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