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LAPD eases impound policy for illegal immigrants
KPCC ^ | March 15, 2011 | Frank Stoltze

Posted on 03/16/2011 12:21:37 PM PDT by moonshinner_09

In a move closely watched by other Southern California law enforcement agencies, LAPD Chief Chalie Beck has ordered his officers end the practice of immediately seizing the cars of undocumented immigrants who are stopped at sobriety checkpoints. The move comes amid concerns that police were unfairly targeting those drivers.

The news came as a relief for Maria Ranjel of Boyle Heights. Her husband and three sons are undocumented immigrants who drive all the time, even though they're ineligible to apply for drivers licenses in California.

“We know well that it’s against the law to drive without a license but it’s just because of need that we do it – to take our kids to and from school, to go to and from the market," Ranjel said through a translator. "It’s just too hard to take the bus.”

Ranjel said police repeatedly have stopped her husband and sons at sobriety checkpoints, and impounded their cars. It’s cost the family thousands of dollars.

She is part of an activist group called L.A. Voice that’s been lobbying police to ease their impound policies. Ranjel was elated LAPD Chief Charlie Beck agreed.

“I wanted to shout with joy at the news. It’s just good news for the Latino community."

Under the LAPD’s new policy, officers will give unlicensed illegal immigrants “reasonable time” to find someone else to drive their car home. It only applies at sobriety checkpoints and only if the driver isn’t drunk or otherwise wanted by police.

Chief Beck said “it’s the right thing to do.”

“The sad truth is that the people that were most impacted by this law were the people that could afford it the least – generally hardworking folks who are trying to make a life for themselves in the city of Los Angeles."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; ca; crimaliens; illegals; immigration; impound; kalifornia; la; lapd; laraza; mexicans; mexifornia; villaraigosa
“We know well that it’s against the law to drive without a license but it’s just because of need that we do it – to take our kids to and from school, to go to and from the market, Listen to police “I rigorously enforce the law," the chief said. "The law gives me the option whether or not I impound that vehicle for 30 days. I am exercising that option because of the adverse impact of this law.”

The chief said unlicensed U.S. citizens and legal residents stopped at checkpoints will still see their cars impounded, because unlike undocumented immigrants they have the choice to get a license.

Amid an increasingly anti-immigrant political environment in the U.S., Mexican Consul General Juan Carlos Mendoza praised the new policy Who said crime does not pay

1 posted on 03/16/2011 12:21:42 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!


2 posted on 03/16/2011 12:22:55 PM PDT by HiJinx (Hey, Officer, I'm an illegal from Tahiti. Send me home...please?)
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To: moonshinner_09

Anybody caught without a driver’s license while driving should have their car towed, regardless of race or immigration status. Why would illegal immigrants be granted MORE freedom than American citizens?!


3 posted on 03/16/2011 12:25:47 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: moonshinner_09
Okay. I bet a US citizen who forgot his/her license would not be afforded the same luxury. Nice of the LA cops to selectively enforce the law.
4 posted on 03/16/2011 12:26:38 PM PDT by Londo Molari
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To: moonshinner_09

Isn’t that a violation of equal protection or something?


5 posted on 03/16/2011 12:26:44 PM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: moonshinner_09
The news came as a relief for Maria Ranjel of Boyle Heights.

Is this where God unleashed the plague of boils?

6 posted on 03/16/2011 12:27:30 PM PDT by mlocher (Who is going to watch the hoops bracket show tonight?)
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To: moonshinner_09
“We know well that it’s against the law to drive without a license but it’s just because of need that we do it – to take our kids to and from school, to go to and from the market," Ranjel said through a translator. "It’s just too hard to take the bus.”
If it's so damned hard living here, just go back to wherever the hell you came from and it will be a lot easier (for you and for us).
7 posted on 03/16/2011 12:28:37 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Londo Molari

8 posted on 03/16/2011 12:29:15 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: moonshinner_09

Seems like a clear equal protection issue here. If anything, citizens should have a MORE favorable situation...


9 posted on 03/16/2011 12:29:39 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: moonshinner_09

Well, isn’t this special?!


10 posted on 03/16/2011 12:32:53 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Why would illegal immigrants be granted MORE freedom than American citizens?!

Because the America we both know & love is slowly dying.

11 posted on 03/16/2011 12:34:05 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: moonshinner_09

I swear. I feel like I’m living in the Twilight Zone.


12 posted on 03/16/2011 12:35:33 PM PDT by animal172 (Does anyone even remember the USA of old?)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

The reason is because every illegal alien’s car you do not impound will eventually be one or more of the following:

A person who requires social services which, in turn, employes unionized Government workers to provide for them
An ACORN-SEIU-La Raza fraudulent voter who votes Democratic
A potential Democratic voter
A parent of multiple legal Democratic voters
A union employee who votes Democratic
A union employee who votes Democratic and donates to the DNC

The reason illegals are given special rights we are not afforded is that the Left, and even parts of the RINO GOP’ers see illegals as the “farm system” for the next generation of voters.

They see the Mexification of CA, NV, AZ, CO and NM as inevitiable as blacks have short life spans and whites are only having children they can afford, so it keeps family sizes down. Latinos have many children, then in subsequent generations, the successful ones end up only having 1-3 kids as the State and Federal Governments no longer pick up the tab for housing, cash, food, medical care and schooling.

The economic reality of illegal immigration is that Mexico will re-take the Southwest without firing a shot (not exactly, as gang crime shows, but you get my drift....). The Anglos will not breed themselves into obscurity and the Latinos will breed their way to prominence.

I hate to say it, but US flag waving retirees at the Mall in DC are not what fill classrooms and playgrounds these days, trust me, my son is one of the only Anglos in the sandbox, wedged between Mexican, Indian, Chinese and Arab/Muslim kids in our area, and we live in a “nice” suburb.

Demographics is destiny, we have “pilled” and culturally committed an inevitable genocide, IMHO.


13 posted on 03/16/2011 12:37:13 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: moonshinner_09

This is just more lunacy we have grown to expect from Loon-town, U.S.A.

California conservatives have my empathy, but the rest can fall into the ocean for all I care.


14 posted on 03/16/2011 12:37:49 PM PDT by Gator113 (I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: moonshinner_09

Moonbeam Brown provided......


15 posted on 03/16/2011 12:40:04 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Londo Molari

“Okay. I bet a US citizen who forgot his/her license would not be afforded the same luxury. Nice of the LA cops to selectively enforce the law.”

The cop can determine if you have a valid drivers license based on your name and date of birth. If the license is expired or suspended your car will be towed, unless you are a Mexican.


16 posted on 03/16/2011 12:42:29 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: moonshinner_09
The news came as a relief for Maria Ranjel of Boyle Heights. Her husband and three sons are undocumented immigrants who drive all the time, even though they're ineligible to apply for drivers licenses in California.

I guess illegals are no longer "living in the shadows" (as the amnesty proponents declare), since they can openly live and flout the laws. We have a name and city...ICE would already be shipping her and her family out if we lived in normal times.

17 posted on 03/16/2011 12:42:29 PM PDT by Azzurri
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To: moonshinner_09
Without due process first I do not believe in property confiscation “from any legal US citizens” no matter what the charge. I understand no drivers license = no auto insurance. So by the PD selectively enforcing the law wouldn't that make the city liable if one of these illegal drivers gets into an accident after they and their car have been released?
18 posted on 03/16/2011 1:04:12 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: moonshinner_09

So if any person of any color or race had no ID and claimed to be mexican will they be let go?


19 posted on 03/16/2011 1:07:13 PM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: null and void

Loonacy ping


20 posted on 03/16/2011 1:10:20 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.)
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To: moonshinner_09

Across the board, from welfare to affirmative action to immigration, government policy is oriented to make social parasitism the easier, cheaper, advantageous choice and responsibility the habit that promises immense penalty.


21 posted on 03/16/2011 5:12:58 PM PDT by mcosta79 (Legal mass immigration is unnecessary and anachronistic. Illegal immigration is invasion.)
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To: moonshinner_09
The chief said unlicensed U.S. citizens and legal residents stopped at checkpoints will still see their cars impounded, because unlike undocumented immigrants they have the choice to get a license.

Disparate treatment, a lawsuit waiting to happen, wher is the ACLU defending USC's and LAPR's? What an idiot, illegals have a choice not to drive.

22 posted on 03/18/2011 8:15:55 PM PDT by rolling_stone ( *this makes Watergate look like a kiddie pool*)
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