Los Angeles, CA — October 14, 2004 The history of immigration enforcement policies and the struggle between the LAPD, County Sheriffs and Federal government over the past twelve years is set forth in a series of two programs featuring top law enforcement officials. Also, offering comments on developments since the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and local law enforcement policies, is former Assistant Chief David Gascon, who reviews the current predicament facing many U. S. cities.
Following a video presentation of clips from previous Full Disclosure interviews with former LAPD Chiefs, Police Commission Presidents, L. A. County Sheriffs Block and Baca and INS District Director Richard K Rogers, Gascon offered his comments on the need to review the LAPD Special order 40 which has prohibited police officers from identifying illegal aliens in Los Angeles for the past 25 years.
In this Part 1 of a 2 part program with Emmy Awarding winning host Leslie Dutton, Gascon said that local law enforcement is frustrated because deported criminal aliens are returning time and again due to the U.S. Mexican Border being so porous.
Los Angeles, CA — In the City which at one time declared itself a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens, former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates describes how illegal aliens shot and killed police officers while the Department waited for Federal authorities to enforce immigration law at the border and on the streets of Los Angeles.
In this part 2 of a special series of the Emmy award winning Full Disclosure cable and internet TV program video clips from previous interviews feature other high ranking government officials. Both Daryl Gates and L. A . County Supervisor Mike Antonovich recounted the tragic circumstances where police officers died at the hands of criminals who were also illegal aliens.
When LAPD Deputy Chief Art Lopez was asked why the LAPD does not enforce immigration laws he told Full Disclosure host Leslie Dutton “the City Fathers, the City Council and the Police Commission has spoken that we want to provide services to everybody, regardless of their undocumented status. Unless they break the law, then we’re not going to report things to the INS.”
LAPD’s David Gascon, retired Assistant Chief, commented on the 25 year old “don’t ask, don’t tell” LAPD policy known as Special Order 40 which prohibits local police from enforcing U.S. Immigration Laws.
Full Disclosure interviews over the past twelve years have documented the frustration and confusion of local law enforcement and District INS officials who often complained of lack of cooperation and lack of funding as the reasons why U.S. immigration laws were not effective.