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San Diego Police Chief Endorses TRUST Act

San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne has endorsed the so-called TRUST Act, a state bill that would limit the ability of local police and sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration agents.


Aired 8/19/13

The TRUST Act would restrict cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration agents.


Lansdowne Endorses TRUST Act

Lansdowne Endorses TRUST Act

In a letter to the governor, Lansdowne said the Secure Communities program has diminished trust of law enforcement in immigrant communities.

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The TRUST Act addresses the federal Secure Communities Program. Under that program, immigration agents receive information about people arrested in nearly every county in the U.S. If they think someone might be deportable, they can request that a local jail hold that person for up to two days, until a federal immigration agent arrives.

The TRUST Act would prohibit local jails from honoring that request unless a person has been convicted of certain violent or sex crimes.

The bill passed the state legislature last year, but Governor Brown vetoed it over concerns that some serious crimes were excluded from the bill. The state sheriff's association also opposed the bill. A revised bill has already passed the state assembly and is making its way through the Senate.

In a letter to the governor expressing his support for the bill, Lansdowne said the Secure Communities program has diminished trust of law enforcement in immigrant communities. He said the Trust Act set reasonable limits on the federal program. David Bejarano, Chula Vista's police chief, has also endorsed the bill.

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JR2013 | August 16, 2013 at 9:37 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Great news! Chiefs Lansdowne and Bejarano are doing the right thing! We are all safer when all communities have confidence in local law enforcement, and the TRUST Act will make sure that victims and witnesses to crimes can work with the police without fear of deportation. The bill will also save local resources. Ultimately, it just doesn't make sense to deport folks today who could be on the road to citizenship tomorrow.

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CAfamily | August 16, 2013 at 10:39 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Hope to see more law enforcement leadership follow their example and step forward to support the TRUST Act. You can't solve crimes without close community cooperation and a trusting relationship with the police.

Deporting tens of thousands of parents leaves kids behind to grow up without adequate financial and emotional support. Massive deportation puts children and the community at risk. Secure communities don't come from deportations, they are a result of stable families with stable jobs.

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muckapoo1 | August 17, 2013 at 8:46 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Soooo, the Chief is not wanting to uphold the law. I am sure that anyone raped, robbed or stabbed by an illegal will be happy with this lack police work. They are felons walking our streets. They can commit "certain" crimes and apparently go unpunished. If a legal citizen breaks a law, can we get "certain" breaks too? Nope, we have to hire a lawyer and face the music.

Chief, I did not know you had the authority to pick and choose. Or for that matter show partisan support for law-breaking creeps. Perhaps you should step down and find a job in Mexico.

JR, we already have a path to citizenship. These folks are just to dumb or lazy to abide by it due to libs of your kind.

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JR2013 | August 17, 2013 at 12:01 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

This nation is built on the principle that all people are created equal. We need to create a reasonable immigration process for this nation, but the fact is, there is NO "line to get into" for millions of aspiring citizens. Consider the story of Juana Reyes of Sacramento, a beloved local entrepreneur who has called America home for 20 years. She was arrested for selling her popular tamales in front of a local Walmart and wastefully held in jail for deportation purposes for 13 days, all because of an ICE hold. The TRUST Act would stop these kinds of abuses.

It's also important to understand what this bill does and doesn't do. Anyone charged with a crime will, of course, fully go through the criminal justice process and be held accountable. If immigration authorities ask local jails to hold people for EXTRA time - at local expense - for deportation purposes, this bill makes sure that people with non-violent, low level offenses cannot be held. Note that even US born citizens have been wrongly swept up in these holds, and even victims of domestic violence are sometimes arrested along with their abusers and can also then fall victim to these ICE holds.

Oh, and these hold requests are 100% voluntary. As the AG has pointed out, if there were mandatory, that would be unconstitutional.

The TRUST Act makes us all safer. It's great policy, and it's great the Chiefs have endorsed.

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nhamil | August 17, 2013 at 12:43 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Chiefs Lansdowne and Bejarano are to be congratulated for speaking out on this important issue. As they point out, current policy erodes the trust between the police and members of the immigrant community who fear they will be targeted for deportation if they speak out against crime in their neighborhoods. It also separates families, many including U.S. citizens and/or documented immigrants, and often affects those who have lived in the United States for years and are making an important contribution to society.

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queenmarina | August 17, 2013 at 2:04 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Thank you for showing courage and compassion! Your experience near the border provides expertise that other entities may be lacking.

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muckapoo1 | August 17, 2013 at 3:08 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

JR. I understand all about being equal. All legally born citizens. Where does it say we have to accept every clown who knocks at the door? You want people like your Juana Reyes sprouting up on every corner without being checked for health and safety reasons, take a trip south. Who knows what is breeding in her kitchen? Why is everyone so intent on turning this country into a third world ghetto? The only reason I can see is to bring it down from within.

Now, you want another example? There was a Polish immigrant who came here legally. He started a company making professional violins. He hired over 20 people. That was a real entrepreneur. He was deported because his visa lapsed for a month. Now tell me about fair. This all hogwash. Nothing more than our bought and paid for politicians going for more uneducated voters to put on welfare and so control.

I now expect to be called racist. That would be the lib response. Nope, I am just a guy tired of working to pay for this insanity. I am also angry because the college benefits my grandkids could get are being watered down or disappearing due to all of the felons allowed in line before them.

I laugh at all of this talk about courage and compassion. I call it being a traitor to your country and the legal citizens who should matter the most.

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pboisvert1 | August 18, 2013 at 9:09 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

A huge "Thank You" to Chief's Lansdowne and Bejarno!

The Trust Act will go far to protect immigrant families and make our communities safer for us all.

So many families have been torn apart under the Secure Communities program -- even families where a spouse or children are American citizens. This has led to an atmosphere of mistrust of law enforcement and a fear that cooperating on solving legitimate crimes could bring unwanted attention to family members who are undocumented.

Above and beyond the compassion the Trust Act shows toward immigrant families, it makes us all more secure.

Again, many thanks to the Chiefs.

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muckapoo1 | August 18, 2013 at 10:48 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

PB. Using soft terms like "undocumented" and "immigrant families" makes me not trust the system you support. They are illegals and felons. They should be arrested and deported. If they would have used the legal path to citizenship, they would not have to live in fear of the police. They made the choice to slither under the fence like an infestation. If they chose to whelp their brats here, then they face another choice in the future. The insanity has to stop. We cannot afford to feed all of the uneducated of the south.

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DeLaRick | August 18, 2013 at 11:43 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

"I now expect to be called racist. That would be the lib response. Nope, I am just a guy tired of working to pay for this insanity."

I'm tired of paying for the massacre of Muslims around the world and the destablization of legitimate governments; you're tired of "paying" for humanistic approaches to dealing with civil crimes. I'll consider supporting your view when it is congruent with other government expenditures. Until then, you sound just like that Minutemen kook whose hatred of Mexicans was surpassed only by his love of something much more vulnerable.

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muckapoo1 | August 19, 2013 at 9:04 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Rick, I am an isolationist and agree with you. I would be happy with a dome over our country with only exits for those who choose not to work or commit criminal acts. At the rate our crappy governments are going, this country will be a trash heap in 20 years.

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DeLaRick | August 19, 2013 at 10:59 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago


I'd take a tough stance against humanitarian spending if our discretionary war spending was kept within reason. How can anyone advocate for funding Afghan warlords and defunding programs for illegal immigrants? That's what the Tea Party does. Until our "Christian" nation remediates its hypocrisy, you and I and everyone else will continue paying for all sorts of madness.

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JR2013 | August 19, 2013 at 5:43 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Just to clarify, the TRUST Act isn't an expense or program, it's a cost savings. ICE's hold requests trap people (aspiring citizens and US citizens alike) in jail for EXTRA time, at local expense - and that can add up big-time

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muckapoo1 | August 20, 2013 at 4:41 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Does not add up as fast as the welfare paid, food stamps, education and free hospital care JR. Not to mention the added crime statistics, police work and cell time for those who are not happy only breaking the law of illegal immigration. It is all bad except the happy face friends and relatives try to paint on this pig.

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CaliforniaDefender | August 20, 2013 at 8:39 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

So what are states supposed to do? Nothing? That is not acceptable.

States must step up and take control of immigration.

It is time we gave legal immigrants some RESPECT for their effort.

It is time we gave illegal aliens some JUSTICE and deport them.

That is fair and true to our American ideals.

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