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NCJ Number: 82050 Find in a Library
Title: Illegal Alien Problem and Its Impact on Los Angeles Police Department Resources Paper
Corporate Author: Los Angeles Police Dept
Domestic Violence Task Force
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Los Angeles Police Dept
Los Angeles, CA 90012
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The impact of illegal aliens on the resources of the Los Angeles Police Department is analyzed, and recommendations for local, State, and Federal action are offered.
Abstract: The alarming rate of increase in the illegal alien population in Los Angeles (242 percent over the last 5 years) has a direct impact on police resources. Based on per capita expenditures, the cost of providing police services to illegal aliens in the city is $37,050,000 annually. While statistical data on crime committed by illegal aliens is not available, estimates are that illegal alien involvement in crime is increasing. Any large diversion of police resources for enforcement of immigration laws, absent special circumstances, would not be cost-effective. The Department should focus its efforts on the illegal aliens involved in criminal activities. Department policy and procedures should be established to provide for the identification of illegal alien criminals, their vigorous prosecution, and their formal deportation after serving sentences. The primary incentive for illegal aliens to enter this country is employment. This incentive must be eliminated by Federal legislation prohibiting employment of illegal aliens. Pending action by Congress, California should immediately enact legislation consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court guidelines to prohibit employers from knowingly hiring illegal aliens. Tabular and graphic data and 26 bibliographic references are provided.
Index Term(s): California; Illegal Immigrants/Aliens; Immigration offenses; Legislation; Police tactical deployment
Note: Briefing paper prepared for the Los Angeles Police Department Staff Officer's Mini-retreat in Los Angeles, California, January, 1977 by the Police Departments' Illegal Alien Committee which has been disbanded
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