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Immigration and Customs Enforcement—or ICE—promises to continue its crackdown, despite claims that a climate of fear is bad for LA's economy. We hear several voices tonight. On Reporter's Notebook, are LA Sheriff's deputies engaged in productive competition or playing games with the law?

Producers:
Vanessa Romo
Christian Bordal

Reporter's Notebook Are LA Sheriff's Playing Games with the Law? 5 MIN, 5 SEC

Today's LA Times reports that LA County Deputy Sheriffs have been competing to see who can arrest the most people and impound the most cars in a period of 24 hours. Lt. James Tatreau, who organized the events in southeast county cities, including Lakewood, Bellflower and Paramount, says it's all about "bragging rights" and "having a little fun." The Police Foundation in Washington, DC calls it "highly problematic and inappropriate." Sheriff Lee Baca himself says it promotes "the wrong values." Merrick Bobb is Special Council to LA County and President of the Police Assessment Resource Center, which makes regular reports on the Sheriff's Department.

Guests:
Merrick Bobb, Police Assessment Resource Center

Main Topic ICE Cracks Down in Southern California

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement is on the warpath with 1300 arrests in the last two weeks at homes, workplaces and jails; 600 have already been deported, and ICE says there is more to come. Most of those picked up either have criminal records or failed to abide by orders for deportation. Immigrants' rights groups say there's a climate of fear—even among citizens and legal residents—with risk to the economy. Anti-immigrant groups say it's about time. We hear from all three.

Guests:
Jim Hayes, Director, US Immigration and Custom Enforcement's LA Field Office
Angela Sanbrano, President, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities
Rick Oltman, Director of Public Relations, Californians for Population Stabilization

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