Message from Pasadena Police Regarding Federal Immigration Violations

PASADENA, Calif.—Pasadena Police Department does not enforce criminal violations related to the immigration status of persons in our community. As guided by Police Department Policy 428, it is the expectation that members of Pasadena Police Department will enforce the law equally and will not engage in law enforcement activities based solely on someone’s immigration status.

Furthermore, Policy 428 states requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or other federal agency for assistance from Pasadena Police Department should be directed to a supervisor. The department may provide ICE or other federal agency with the same, available, ancillary support services, such as traffic control or peacekeeping efforts, to protect the general public as the Department would provide based upon an incident dispatch made on complaint or request of any member of the public or interagency assist. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the department shall not directly assist ICE in investigating, detaining or arresting individuals solely for violations of federal immigration law. The department shall cooperate with ICE to the extent required by law and in efforts to investigate and to apprehend individuals in the United States that present national security concerns involving terrorism or transnational criminal activity, such as human, drug or weapons trafficking.

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