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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
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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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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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