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Los Angeles: Judge Upholds Special Order 40

Yesterday a Los Angeles judge ruled to throw out a lawsuit against the law known as Special Order 40, which limits law enforcement officers from asking about immigration status.

The suit had been filed by a citizen who admitted he had:

“no personal experience with the order, but instead brought the lawsuit as a city taxpayer, who argued that his taxes were being used to further an illegal endeavor.”

The suit was thrown out, granting a motion from the ACLU and the City of Los Angeles. The judge claimed that the suit failed to prove that the Special Order was in conflict with federal and state laws.

“We’re very pleased,” said Hector Villagra, an ACLU director, after the ruling. For decades, “the Police Department has struck an important balance between public safety and the enforcement of federal immigration law. It has tried to maintain an equilibrium that would allow undocumented witnesses and victims of crime to feel confident that they can come to the police. . . . That balance has been upheld today.”

Click here to read the full LA Times article.

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