Sheriff Baca Makes About-Face on Immigration Policy

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LA County Sheriff Lee Baca has been a supporter of the federal Secure Communities program.  The fingerprints of all arrested suspects are sent to immigration officials, and if they’re flagged, the suspects are detained—even for low-level infractions.  LA Police Chief Charlie Beck is opposed to Secure Communities as a hindrance to law enforcement—and the ACLU has sued Sheriff Baca for denying bail to the detainees.  But yesterday, the Sheriff abruptly changed his position.



  • Lee Baca - Sheriff of Los Angeles County


Warren Olney