Los Angeles, CA – Politicians and law enforcement in Los Angeles are so concerned about keeping illegal immigrants away from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that they made an instructional video with tips on how to avoid getting caught (video below).
Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore and Mayor Eric Garcetti posted the inflammatory video in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement that he is sending federal SWAT teams to so-called “sanctuary cities” to help grab up wanted criminals.
The specially trained tactical units known as BORTAC are going to cities that have refused to cooperate with federal immigration authorities to assist ICE officers already there, The New York Times reported.
Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit, Newark, New Jersey, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are all on the target list.
“As we have noted for years, in jurisdictions where we are not allowed to assume custody of aliens from jails, our officers are forced to make at-large arrests of criminal aliens who have been released into communities,” acting ICE Director Matthew T. Albence said in a statement. “When sanctuary cities release these criminals back to the street, it increases the occurrence of preventable crimes, and more importantly, preventable victims.”
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva was quick to post his objection to the move on social media on Friday.
“I strongly oppose this irresponsible deployment of federal SWAT agents in
Not to be outdone by the county, the Los Angeles mayor was quick to respond to the threat by the Trump Administration with a video of him and his police chief offering illegal immigrants tips on how to deal with police.
Garcetti called the helpful video released on Twitter on Valentine’s Day “being a good neighbor.”
“No matter their immigration status, I want every Angeleno to know their rights and how to exercise them,” the mayor said at the start of the video. “Remember, you have the right to remain silent. You don’t have to open your door to an ICE agent who doesn’t have a warrant signed by a judge.”
“You have the right to speak to a lawyer before signing any documents or speaking to law enforcement,” Garcetti continued with the police chief at his side. “And if you need help finding any attorney, you can call 311 and learn more about our Justice Fund and other resources that offer legal support. And whenever possible, keep a record of everything that happens. Take note of an officer’s name and badge number, of when and where you are being questions so you can use that information in your own defense.”
“And most importantly, I want you to know you do not need to be afraid,” the mayor added. “Your city is on your side. And rest assured, here in Los Angeles, we are not coordinating with ICE.”
At that point, Chief Moore jumped in to reinforce what the mayor had said and promise citizens of Los Angeles that police would not assist ICE in the gang-infested city.
“Our police force does not do the job of federal law enforcement,” the chief said. “So I want to reiterate what the mayor just said. The Los Angeles Police Department is not assisting ICE in any way. We will not enforce immigration laws that are civil in nature and that fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government.”
“Immigration is a federal matter. Safety is a police matter,” he continued. “And we’re not going to mix those two. Everything we do is focused on what’s best for the security and safety of all Angelenos and consistent with our commitment to constitutional policing and deepening our community partnership.”
“Simply put, we are here to protect and serve all the people of Los Angeles, regardless of their immigration status,” Chief Moore said.
Officials said that BORTAC units deployed will be providing backup to local ICE officers and offering a show of force when necessary, The New York Times reported.
They said the goal is to increase arrests by 35 percent in “sanctuary cities.”
Many ICE agents have said their job has become very difficult because of immigrant advocacy organizations and activists, The New York Times reported.
Watch video of the Los Angeles mayor and police chief giving illegal immigrants tips here below: