Report: LASD Was Assisting ICE in L.A. County Jails While Telling the Public Otherwise
When it comes to immigration matters, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is being accused of talking out of both sides of its mouth.
Since President Trump laid out his plan for mass deportations, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has gone out of its way to reassure the public it had strict limits on cooperating with immigration officials.
As the president and others demanded, among other things, that local police work closely with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to hand over jail inmates suspected of being in the country illegally, the Sheriff’s Department took a defiant stand, saying ICE officers had to collect inmate information from a public website
Behind the scenes, however, things were playing out differently.
Instead of keeping immigration officers at an arm’s length, Sheriff’s Department jail officials granted them access to the department’s inmate processing facility, allowing them to set up an office with computers that provided “a constant flow of information regarding prisoners who were soon to be released,” according to a report released Monday by the independent watchdog that oversees the Sheriff’s Department.
The report was issued by Inspector General Max Huntsman.
In a written response, Sheriff McDonnell acknowledged the gap between his department’s public statements and the reality behind the scenes and admitted some of the statements made to the public about its cooperation with ICE were inaccurate.
One example: a tweet from this summer in which the LASD said it “does NOT provide release info to #ICE.” Evidently that was untrue.
The information sharing has since stopped, the department says. Read more at the L.A. Times.