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SDPD chief endorses controversial immigration bill

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SAN DIEGO – San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne came out publicly in support of a controversial state bill known as the Trust Act.

The Trust Act would prohibit state and local law enforcement officers from assisting federal immigration agents by keeping undocumented people, arrested for non-serious crimes, detained, so the feds can come and deport them.

Screen Shot 2013-09-02 at 6.51.18 PMChief Lansdowne decided to endorse the bill after a national survey released earlier this year found Latinos were 44 percent less likely to report crimes to police – 70 percent if they’re undocumented.

“There is a belief, that if they report crime, somebody gets deported because of that,” he said.

Lansdowne said the Trust Act would help fight that trend.

“We need to keep the understanding that if you report crime [the police] will provide the services they need to reduce the crime,” he said. “Our responsibility is to provide safety to everybody.”

He also said it’s also an issue of cost.

“The federal government needs to take that responsibility and they’re shifting that load or at least trying to shift that load to local law enforcement. We don’t have the personnel for that,” Lansdowne said.

He joins several other law enforcement agencies, including the Chula Vista police and the L.A. County Sheriff, all who are supporting the bill.

Others said the measure puts officers in a tough spot, allowing them to disobey federal agents, asking for their assistance.

The Escondido Police Department has been accused of purposely arresting undocumented immigrants for low level offenses and assisting in their deportation.  They did not return our calls for comment on this story.

The bill is currently making its way through the California Senate.


  • Not buying it!

    I see chief baldy,
    "It's all about the illegals not reporting the crimes against them because of the fear law enforcement". B.S.!
    The issues at hand are, these illegals are like many blacks ( I know what I am talking about). The people that commit crimes are not going to turn in there own people. It's a code of ethics the criminals have. Do your flipping job chief baldy and tell your officer to arrest instead of turn their cheeks every time the see a brown person commit a crime!!!

  • wethepeoplerising

    The police chief might as well put the welcome mat out for the Mexican drug cartels – they already infiltrate but now the drug cartels can breathe a sigh of relief – they have the police chief in their corner too.

  • f unions

    He must not have understood the part of his oath where he upholds the law. Criminals SHOULD be afraid to call the cops.

  • Disgusted Citizen

    Absolutely illogical reasoning. The Trust Act protects people that have already been arrested, not people calling and reporting crimes. Why this reporter does not question that reasoning is just another example of the decline in journalism, even with FoxNews reporters.

  • Ryan

    Does the Chief not classify “illegal aliens” as criminals? Funny how he says the federal govt is passing the buck but he must not know about the hundreds of millions the federal govt gives to local law enforcement in the form of federal grants to pay for things such as equipment, fuel, overtime, etc. to provide exactly what we are talking about, support to the federal govt’s mission. This program is called Stonegarden. The Chief is sadly not even close to having his finger even remotely near the pulse.

  • Tony Wazz

    Is this guy an Idiot or what. How about no federal funding to any state, city, or other gov. agencies that do not enforce the immigration laws to find and deport ALL illegal aliens. That is what should happen.

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