Parks: LAPD Immigration Checks Would Erode Community Trust

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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  • duh

    And… let the fighting in the comments begin!

    • Saber 1

      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.

  • Linda Hamilton

    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…..

  • jiml

    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?

  • rob

    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?

    • sam

      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.

      • ugh

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

      • ugh

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

    • Robert

      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

    • Viking

      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.

      • ugh

        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!

    • I agree with you, but...

      it’s aiding and abetting.

      • rob

        thank you for that, Spell check stinks.

    • Krys

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

    • Tom

      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”.

  • john Morrison

    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.

    • cuevas

      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…….

      • Saber 1

        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.

      • swhitS

        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.

  • Al Magdaleno

    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.

    • Roddy Piper

      You take that back son or ill slap you silly

      • Robert

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

  • Jambi

    Mekka lekka hi mekka hiney hooo

    • Pee Wee Herman

      Whats the secret word for today Jambi?!!

  • Filberto Giilberto Sanchez

    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!

    • Captian Kirk

      I…tottaly agre…with…you!

  • Jose

    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.

    • Brian

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

      • Tom

        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!

    • Saber 1

      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.

  • Puddin Tane

    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.

  • jiml

    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.

  • jon

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

  • jon

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

  • Please

    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

    • Robert

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

  • Borsia Novak

    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.

  • rjsmitty

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

  • juan

    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….

    • rjsmitty

      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 ?

  • jiml

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

    • ugh

      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!

  • juan

    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.

    • JesusChrist

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

  • juan

    sody :(

  • Turi43

    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.

  • Turi43

    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.

  • Alan C Rhine

    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

  • alan hart

    “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?

    • jiml

      Your logic is hard to argue with.

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