Sheriff’s Department Sued Over Immigrant Deportations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrant rights advocates will serve the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with a summons to get information about the department’s participation in immigration enforcement programs and data about deportations.

The National Day Labor Organizing Network, the National Immigration Law Center and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles asked for statistics that outline the cost of participating in federal programs to the county and its taxpayers, and arrest records which they say might be evidence of racial profiling.

The groups plan to serve Sheriff Lee Baca with a summons and hold a rally at the department’s headquarters on Thursday, after filing their petition with the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday.

In February, the groups filed a California Public Records Act request to get access to communications between the Sheriff’s Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said the information is ICE’s to release.

“It’s up to them. We don’t have anything to hide,” he said.

The department said the records weren’t public, said Jessica Karp, staff attorney with the day labor organization.

“Their response is completely inadequate and asserts that the records related to this program aren’t public records. The California Public Records Act gives citizens broad rights to access documents generated by public agencies,” she said. “Our three organizations have been asking for this information since 2007. The Secure Communities program led us to file this new comprehensive request. We’re trying to get at how much it’s costing the county and who is being deported.”

Immigrant advocates say agreements between local departments and ICE mean more people deported, more families torn apart and more problems for community policing efforts.

“We don’t want L.A. County to turn into Arizona. The numbers of deportations is disturbing. Los Angeles is a county of immigrants and we see ourselves as place where we respect people’s rights, their right to make a living and keep their families together,” Karp said.

Los Angeles County was among the first to enter into agreements that authorized law enforcement officers to move immigrants into the deportation pipeline.

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One Comment

  1. Uncle Bernie says:

    So are you saying these mexican activists don’t like deportations? Is that what you are saying????????

  2. Karen says:

    DEPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS NOW! What gall these organizations have. Frankly, I wish you would all disappear along with the ILLEGAL ALIENS.

    1. Captain Planet says:

      Deport Kuini.You belong in planet Hispania.

    2. Justiceclerk says:

      You go girl. With you 100%.

    3. Jorge Torres says:

      But what about the ones that were brought here at a young age. If anything, their parents should be deported but not them.

      1. TVW says:

        Deport them all. It’s the law, whether the ethnocentric bigots agree or not. While here they were the beneficiaries of the school systems, social spoils, etc. They are better off…and when they go HOME…they will have an advantage over who stayed HOME…regardless if that HOME is Mexico, Morocco, Malaysia or the Moon. The race based groups should all go to Hell.

      2. Sally says:

        @Jorge Torres I wonder what E2 Visa holders might think?!They have to invest a certain amount of money to launch a business in the US.They have to create at least 5 jobs, they have to pay taxes and their kids will be deported when they are 21 years,uppsss,although they were brought legally to this country!!!

      3. Hector says:

        Why not depart the children as well, they are just as illegal as the parents are!

  3. rjsmitty says:

    The National Day Labor Organizing Network, the National Immigration Law Center and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles Are race based hate groups …

  4. Karen says:

    And guess what? JESSICA KARP is NOT a member of the California Bar so what is she doing calling herself an attorney?

  5. Bob Henning says:

    She States WE DON`T wan CA turning into another Arizona refering to their tough stance on Immigration. My question is First off who is this UNINFORMED WOMAN-Bleeding heart Traitor, second Who is the WE she speaks of. If she spoke to anyone in California she would find that WE are sick and tired of the Millions of LEECHES bleeding California dry and WE would like them DEPORTED.

  6. Reason says:

    Don’t want to be deported? Come here LEGALLY. Don’t want your family “torn apart?” Again, come to this country legally. These immigrants and their anchor babies are the reason CA is going broke. The taxpayers are supporting them and giving them enough money to send back home. And please don’t tell me they pay taxes. Sales tax is a tiny amount compared to income and property taxes paid by legal citizens to support them. They work under the table and get public assistance. Our kids can’t even get a decent education anymore. Sorry but I’m fresh out of sympathy.

    1. Lee Ann says:

      Exactly. More states need to follow Arizona. Too bad the President doesn’t see it that way.

      1. Don says:

        The President is here illegaly too, thats why

    2. TT says:

      it boggles my mind – why do we that are legal – born and raised here need to follow all the laws of the land ….to live and work here – but if someone comes here illegally they are allowed to not follow the same laws we have to everyday – and everybody is all up in arms saying we are mistreating them – I just think if we have to obey the rules – evrybody else should too and if you dont like them – VOTE….and if you cant – then must be you dont have a right to say in the matter…. harsh – but true…I just think everybody should be treated the same ….without Favoritisms……

  7. ginny says:

    Thank you Reason, well said.

  8. Todd says:

    They want data on how much deportations are costing the county? What about how much free health care, education, and public services for PEOPLE THAT DO NOT BELONG HERE are costing the county? I am so tired of hearing about the “rights” of non-citizens. These insane groups are in for a rude awakening. The citizens of this country are getting fed up, and the tipping point is coming. I see LOTS more deportations in the future, and that is how it should be. You barge into our country illegally and start demanding things? I don’t think so.

    1. Reagen says:

      This country was very different 35 years ago, until the illegals started coming here in droves, breeding like rabbits and bringing their dangerous gangs. I wonder how much their gangs have cost us in fund, lives and our liberty lost – to walk our old streets again.

    2. Tracy says:

      You are right. I see it coming as well. There WILL be a breaking point and it will be very ugly for them…ALL LEGAL IMMIGRANTS better get on the band wagon with this issue. Or they will be dumped into this group which should NOT happen. Legal Immigrants are welcome here. Its the ILLEGAL ones who are NOT. Our government better do something and soon or the people will take it into their own hands..

      1. REAL AMERICAN says:

        Wow. What a stupid comment. Look back 100 years ago and you’d see the these “Illegals” were actually here bore any of you or your ancestors. YOU are the illegals. This land was stolen and it’s being taken back right before your eyes.

        It’s time to build your ships and move on back. to your own sh!t Country. If you’re not brown, you’re not a real American.

  9. Tony says:

    I commend the Sheriff’s department in helping out our government get rid of these people. It is obvious the government is simply not doing enought to send these lawbreakers back to their country which is very infair to the people who legally apply and go through the whole process of being here legally. The stupid bleeding hearts are always looking for a handout or a payday and frankly I am tired of it. I say round em all up and ship em back to Mexico!

  10. adolfo says:

    Why do groups like this protect people who are breaking the law? They are here ILLEGALLY and our law states you get deported. Going a step further I think the anchor babies of illegals should lose their citizenship as well since their parents were illegal to begin with and that would take care of this breaking up the family nonsense as they would all get shipped out. The constitutiional rights these groups are trying to envoke belong to LEGAL citizens as the illegals have only one right here and that is to get deported!

    1. RN says:

      Well said Adolfo!

  11. Jazz says:


    Ms. Karp just passed the February 2011 bar exam and was sworn in in May.

    1. Karen says:

      She is NOT listed on the CA Bar. I did find her on the NY bar. This is California.

    2. Karen says:

      I just found her on the passing list but she’s not listed on the bar. I wonder why?

      Nonetheless, she is helping people who broke the law.

  12. Mike says:

    Who really cares about Ms. Karp! That turd needs to be deported with the rest of them. She is a bigger problem then the illegals, because she is working to keep them here!

    1. TT says:

      the thing that confuses me is how she can pass the bar and condone people breaking the law at the same time ….a bit 2 sided

  13. John says:

    Shut up Mary.

  14. Mary says:

    Give us your tired your poor. What a Wonderful sight to see that Statue of Liberty. This is what my elementary school friend said to me. She was German and they came over on a boat in 1954. They became citizens and were very proud to wave the American Flag. Now 2011, our Government wants to dirty all of that with calling Illegal Aliens, Citizens. Shame on our Government! Our soldiers did not die for Illegal Aliens! This Country is our Home. WE decide who we invite in. We don’t need any Party Crashers!!!!!

    1. TT says:

      well said …. mary

  15. Saber 1 says:

    Your a real winner. Round up every ILLEGAL ALIEN, shaved head $pic$, and their loser babies and send these bottom feeders back to their third world toilet country.
    Enjoy it now, in 2012 when Obama out of the White House, you will be shipped out.

  16. arizona says:

    i ate some of your cooking …yuck! puke!

  17. Black&Proud says:

    It’s bad enough you can’t get a job these days without being spanish bilingual. Now I need to learn a foreign language just to make a living in the U,S,. Tell this trashy “attorney” that we want to see the records for how much interpreters are being paid in courts and other public services to translate 4 these losers that don’t speak English. They claim 2 be hard workers but are too lazy 2 assimilate.

    1. meadowlark says:

      not only in public services but healthcare, markets, department stores etc. They have refused to assimilate and demand that everyone kowtow to them. We need to get someone in office that agrees with the majority of citizens here in California.

    2. WHITE POWER says:

      Go back to Africa and hunt for a living, you ape.

  18. Jeezus says:

    where’s my comment? it was funny and informative.

    Our Soldiers do not fight and die for the Illegal Aliens rights and way of life. (well said, M)

  19. tom says:

    I don’t think anyone has a problem with LEGAL IMMIGRANTS. Their is a difference and contrary to what people say about no one working jobs that illegals do is BS, we have legal immigrants who will do that. We have laws for a reason, imagine if we just opened the border than we would have a free for all and complete chaos. My big fear is the middle eastern people coming in thru mexico and doing terrorist acts to the US. Close the frickin border, that is what the military is for, to protect our country and we are being invaded!

    1. DEB says:

      I AGREE. NO problems with Legal Immigrants…ONLY ILLEGAL ONES

  20. rams1956 says:

    Gov. Bentley we need you in California !!!!!

  21. rams1956 says:

    As a US citizen I have to show/present some proof of id. What does the ACLU have that illegals are priviledged and are not obliged to do likewise?

  22. rams1956 says:

    Texas Senate passed a bill against sanctuary cities.

    Oklahoma just passed a statewide anti-illegal immigration law.

    Keep it up people !

  23. rams1956 says:


  24. rams1956 says:

    53% plus of all investigated burglaries reported in California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and Texas are perpetrated by illegal aliens.
    50% plus of all gang members in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
    71% plus of all apprehended cars stolen in 2005 in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California were stolen by Illegal aliens or “transport coyotes”.
    47% of cited/stopped drivers in California have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 47%, 92% are illegal aliens.
    63% of cited/stopped drivers in Arizona have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 63%, 97% are illegal aliens
    66% of cited/stopped drivers in New Mexico have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 66% 98% are illegal aliens.

  25. rams1956 says:


    The following information is compiled from Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security reports:

    83% of warrants for murder in Phoenix are for illegal aliens.
    86% of warrants for murder in Albuquerque are for illegal aliens.
    75% of those on the most wanted list in Los Angeles , Phoenix and Albuquerque are illegal aliens.
    24.9% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals.
    40.1% of all inmates in Arizona detention centers are Mexican nationals.
    48.2% of all inmates in New Mexico detention centers are Mexican nationals.
    29% (630,000) convicted illegal alien felons fill our State and Federal prisons at a cost of $1.6 billion annually.

    1. Steve Abdekoui says:

      Look at the whole country knucklehead-yeah you racist , I will call you archie bunker ramrod bet you gave that name to yourself? See I hide from nothing this is my real name. Check the entire country there is tons of cubans here been deported, guess what dummmy they are all still here from the 80’s , and vietnamese gangs all over tons been deported, guess what they are all still here, ah go to Milwaukee chicago What you see in not all black and white. trust me you need to go play golf with your self and tee up anglo.

  26. rams1956 says:

    Make it mandatory for every employer to use E-Verify. Make it a Felony to aid and abet ANY person who is here in this country illegally.

    Time to stop the invasion.

    1. MGWilson says:

      The aiding and abetting has to apply to lawyers and legal aid groups and others like the unions and the ACLU that work overtime to assist the law breakers. The only exception would be for a court appointed counsel to help them in court! It is already a felony to aid and abet a criminal, so Ms Karp already needs to be arrested and disbarred under the existing laws we have now!

  27. Ossie says:

    The records are available to “citizens” – an illegal alien is not a “citizen” therefore they can’t get the records.

    Where were their ancestors 300 years ago? Why didn’t THEY build asphalt roads, towns and cities? Or better yet, why don’t they sue their home countries for better living conditions instead of running to ours?

    Because they’re the ones that create their situations by their behavior, and American taxpayers should not have to bear the burden.

  28. Jose says:

    Deportations are not happening fast enough or there would be no complaints lodged…

  29. Mary says:

    This All is Assinine!! How can you compare apples to oranges??
    1. (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles) These people are not immigrants and have no rights in our country!!!
    2. These people are Illegal Aliens, period, the end!!
    3. This article might as well call the Bride, the Groom, since it interchanges people in similar situations, with the same name.
    4. I couldn’t be more fed up!
    5.This Gringo had parents and all relatives that were Farmers, so don’t tell me that we can’t be in the heat and work fields and cook. My Family is full of great cooks! Including me!
    6. So take your warped theory and go back home to where you belong. I am tired of supporting you!

  30. phiilip says:

    Deportation is nothing more than a word. It is no solution nor is it any serious punishment.

  31. WhiteUFO says:

    We just had two ASU students killed by an illegal here in Arizona. I lay their bloody, lifeless bodies at the feet of Janet and Barry and every misguided, looney liberal in this country. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that ‘An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.”

’Here is how they do it,’ Lamm (former governor of Colorado) said: 

’First, to destroy America, turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country… History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. Second, to destroy America, invent multiculturalism and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. We are allowing this to take place on so many levels.

  32. WhiteUFO says:

    Third, we could make the United States an “Hispanic Quebec” without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity.

’Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school. ‘

’My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of ‘Victimology.’ I would get all minorities to think that their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority. Excerpt from ‘Mexifornia’ by Victor Davis Hansen

  33. MR MAG says:

    We have a President who refuses to enforce laws that he disagrees with and a Congress which is unable or unwilling to force him to live up to his oath of office. We will see no real improvement of this situation during his administration.

    I think the best way to defend our borders is to recall our troops from around the world and give them the job of defending our borders, using whatever force is necessary. It isn’t just people who enter the country illegally that need to be guarded against. We also need to protect our country from illegal drugs, disease, weapons of mass destruction, and etc. This means guarding our east and west coasts,Alaska and Hawaii, as well as the southern and northern borders.

  34. mitzimatters says:

    I want all of those illegal aliens deported today!!!!!!!
    Mexico has a tougher immigration policy than America.

  35. Carol Donofrio says:

    Make it simple!!! Illegals are not immigrants and should all be deported with their recycled illegals and offspring!!! Too Simple: Deport first and let litigation be done from deported country thru consulate!!! Those deported can take their flag waving sewer trash with them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Arpaio says:

    The 14th Amendment needs to be abolished.

    1. Mary says:

      How True that is. The 14th Amendment was made in 1868. It said if you were born here you were a citizen. Let’s see………they were talking about the blacks, and why because WE brought them over here. So, Let’s get real here. They had no idea at the time, that we would hold them to that Amendment when our situation is about people Sneaking over here to make their child a citizen. WE need to make an amendment and NOW!

  37. Robert S. says:

    This is a hot topic, and it is killing our homeland, and noone will do anything about it. I agree with white ufo, that the avenue to destroying OUR homeland is being fullfilled because they are “in the belly of the beast” They come here, and think they have the right to do and say what they want. Bet we would be executed if we tried that in a foriegn country. Illegals now have more right than U.S. citizens! Diversity ain’t workin! And we are gettin the stuffing kicked out of us!

  38. Jose Montado says:

    ILLEGAL ALIEN is NOT an immigrant, they are ILLEGAL ALIENS. I am a LEGAL immigrant, and tired SICK of being lumped in with these people!

  39. Not an insane brainwashed liberal! says:


    Let’s just start shooting people at the border. “How much do bullets cost?” is what we really should be asking!!!! Then and only then will this trash stop! The reason why these wetb@(&$ come here is BECAUSE THEY CAN! They come here & get FREE: food, housing, education (they don’t use this at all!), jobs, health care, and MORE! Yet a law abiding LEGAL citizen gets NOTHING! It MAKES ME SICK when I see this trash driving around in a new car and a legal person homeless in the street!

    WOW! COPS ARE GETTING SUED FOR FOLLOWING THE LAW!? Are people in this country finally going to wake up!?

    Oh, and the reason President Osama is letting this happen is because he needs votes to wiln in 2012 since no LEGAL resident will vote for him!

    1. steve Abdelkoui says:

      Cops do break the law thank you,and misintrpret, they are not federal agents, they get paid to serve their community not the US entirely

  40. US Warrior says:

    People who cross our borders illegally stomp on the rights of those who wait to immigrate legally. Illegal immigrants should be sued for EEO violations before being deported! Illegal immigration is unfair to others! Our immigration laws ensure fairness and equal opportunity. America is strong because we are a Nation ruled by law. Illegal immigrants bring their corruption and disrespect for our system with them. We must ralley against illegal immigration!

  41. Susan says:

    What part does Karp NOT understand??? Familes torn apart. Then don’t come to this Country ILLEGALLY knowing you can be deproted at anytime. Your rights. Last heard ILLEGALS are breaking the law and have NO rights. The right to support their famiiles? Again…NO rights to be in this country working in the first place. DEPORT more…GOOD job..Follow our Federal Laws. Fine people BIG bucks foir hiring them at Home Depot. Round them ALL up and send ;them back home. They have NO rights. What a joke.

  42. Fred says:

    The real problem is the word “immigrant.” My wife is from the Philippines and we have gone through the system for Legal Residence status. After numerous times generating paper work, thousands of dollars for this form and that form, countless days of waiting she was allowed to come to the US “Legally” These causes are hiding behind the term immigrant because they know that the politicos will hide behind this concept and not confront what it is.. Illegal Aliens.

  43. Steve Abdekoui says:

    Marin County in California practices nasty policy by notifying ice of a funny name.

    It is the right of an individual to be convicted before being deported. so all the sheriff deptartments practice this in various states the put the buggy in front of the horse mentality. I am one of them , my case was dropped in Marin County , falsely accused of a violation-no record of that, but those sheriffs still notified Ice I want to sue their pants off. The are committing in Illegal act.

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