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LOS Angeles police officers are not immigration enforcers, and there's no justification for their stopping people without cause to ask about immigration status or anything else.

That said, there's no reason to protect felons who are in this country illegally by not deporting them. And Police Chief William Bratton has made that point by saying officers will become more vigilant in dealing with illegal-immigrant felons.

Bratton said he won't change ``a single word'' of Special Order 40, which restricts officers from asking about people's immigration status but already allows them to do just that at times. Bratton said he will train officers so they understand at which moments they can check immigration status.

Los Angeles Police Department officers might not be federal immigration agents, but they are responsible for protecting the safety of the public. Preventing convicted violent criminals who aren't even here legally from running amok is just part of that responsibility.
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Date:Apr 28, 2005
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