Charlie Beck, Chief of the LAPDogs, has decided that he will implement policies regarding seizure of the motor vehicles of unlicensed illegal alien drivers. Beck specifically states that the policy is to protect and assist illegal aliens in their unlawful employment and their presence in the United States.
Los Angeles Times By Joel Rubin and Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times December 14, 2011
Unlicensed drivers without prior convictions would be given the chance to avoid having their vehicles impounded under new rules outlined Tuesday by the Los Angeles Police Department.
The proposed changes to the impound procedures are a potentially explosive issue because LAPD Chief Charlie Beck designed the reforms to remedy what he believes is the unfair burden that impounds place on illegal immigrants. Since immigrants who are in the country illegally cannot get driver's licenses in California and most other states, they make up the majority of the drivers who have their cars impounded for the infraction.
Beck contends that the hundreds of dollars in fees and fines that must be paid to retrieve an impounded car and the disruption to illegal immigrants' often tenuous hold on jobs deal a disproportionate blow to people "who are a valuable asset to our community and who have very limited resources."
Beck's statements to the press are of great interest because they present both sufficient probable cause for an arrest or grand jury indictment of Beck for violation of Title 8 United States Code, Section 1324, Bringing and Harboring Certain Aliens.
(iii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;
(iv) encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law;
Beck establishes not only the violation, but the mens reas for the crime, knowledge and intent to violate the statute. His statements include knowledge that a person is an illegal alien and that this policy knowingly aids and assists the illegal aliens to remain in the United States.
This is an open and shut case for the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. Give André Birotte, Jr., United States Attorney, a call, fax or letter at:
1200 U.S. Courthouse
312 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
You can also call Claude Arnold, Special Agent-in-Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, and ask why his office is not hot on Beck's trail:
501 West Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802-4213
Main (562) 624-3800
Fax (562) 590-9604