Cedillo Supports Ban on ICE Wearing ‘POLICE’ on Uniforms

Cedillo Supports Ban on ICE Wearing ‘POLICE’ on Uniforms

April 25, 2017

Cedillo Supports Ban on ICE Wearing ‘POLICE’ on Uniforms
Introduces motion in support of H.R.2073

Los Angeles—Councilmember Cedillo introduced a motion in support of H.R.2073 by Representative Nydia Velasquez (D-NY-7), which amends section 287 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit immigration officers or agents of the Department of Homeland Security from wearing clothing or other items bearing the word “police.”

On February 23rd, Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer and Council President Herb J. Wesson, sent USCIS a letter indicating ICE agents were identifying themselves as “police officers during the course of immigration investigations and enforcement.” The term police is usually used to identify members of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). The misidentification of officers, and a resident’s interaction with ICE agents under the guise of local law enforcement, can have grave consequences for individuals present without legal status.

“For years we have been bridging community and law enforcement relations. The use of the phrase ‘POLICE’ on ICE agent uniforms, undermines our local community policing efforts,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “I have made it very clear to my constituents who are undocumented, not to open the door if ICE agents are asking to be let in. That is the advice printed on our ‘Know Your Rights’ pocket cards. By identifying themselves as ‘POLICE,’ ICE agents are deliberately trying to gain entry into our households, giving them access to make arrests. This is not the type of relationship we have with our local law enforcement (LAPD). We have to make the distinction between the two agencies very clear,” stated Cedillo.

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.


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