I know many of you are already sick to your stomachs over bad court news today. Sorry to deliver another one. La Raza/The Race cheers. McCain and Obama, any comment? Nada?
A Los Angeles judge dismissed a taxpayer lawsuit Wednesday that sought to repeal a long-standing directive prohibiting Los Angeles police officers from asking arrestees about their immigration status.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu sided with the city and the American Civil Liberties Union, which claimed there were no triable issues raised in the suit. He heard arguments on the motion June 10 and had the case under submission since then.
Los Angeles resident Harold P. Sturgeon filed suit in May 2006 against police Chief William J. Bratton and members of the Police Commission, seeking to have Special Order 40 declared unlawful.
In court papers, Sturgeon’s lawyers called Special Order 40 “essentially a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy regarding illegal aliens.”
Sturgeon asked for a permanent injunction preventing taxpayer money from being used to enforce it. He and other critics said the 28-year-old mandate from the Los Angeles City Council hampers the LAPD’s ability to exchange information with federal immigration officials.
The order is intended to avoid discouraging illegal immigrants from reporting crimes and assisting police.
In their court papers, lawyers for the City Attorney’s Office maintained the directive does not prevent the LAPD from working closely with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
“There is no evidence … to show that ICE has ever complained that they have not had the assistance of LAPD, or that LAPD has not come when they are called,” the city’s court papers state.
In their court papers, ACLU lawyers maintained that Special Order 40 is consistent with federal law and not in conflict with it.
In related news, McCain and Obama will attend the “Latin American National Congress” on July 18 and 19 in Los Angeles. Via reader Edgar M.:
The two virtual presidential candidates will discuss matters of interest for the latin american community in this country.
The Angeles.- The virtual presidential candidates, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama, will be the guests of honor at the third Latin American National Congress, that will be carried out on July 18 and 19 in Los Angeles.
The organizers confirmed the participation of the two politicians in the event, that will be performed in an exclusive hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, where it is expected that more than 300 organizations of 20 cities will attend.
On the first day, McCain will be presented during lunch and Obama at dinner. The two virtual presidential candidates will discuss matters of interest for the latin american community in this country.
In the First National Latin American Congress of 2006, 70 resolutions on diverse issues were taken and 260 local and national organizations assisted, in 2007 300 cities attended and 98 resolutions were adopted.
Among the issues undertaken during both congresses were educational reform, migration, public health, urban development and foreign policy, among others.
The organizers advanced that they prepare an ambitious agenda to promote the registration of millions of latin Americans as new voters in order to continue growing like a political force that can influence the elections next November.
The leader of the Latin-American Mexican Brotherhood and the Mexican-American Political Association (MAPA), Nativo López, indicated that the young voters can make the difference in the electoral mobilization.
‘In this electoral year we should move and act as a united family so no one is left behind’, indicated López, who considered that another of the issues that will be emphasized in the debate will be driver’s licenses for the undocumented.
Among the organizations that will attend the event are the Willie C. Velásquez Institute, the League of Latin-American United Citizens (LULAC), the Mexican-american Educational and Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) and the National Network of Day Laborers (NDLON).
As well as the Hispanic Federation, the Educational Project of Registration of Voters of the Southwest (SVREP), the National Alliance of Latin-American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) and the Hispanic National Council on Environment (NHEC)
The National Latino Congreso is convened by the following:
* Hispanic Federation (HF) hispanicfederation.org
* League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) lulac.org
* Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) maldef.org
* Mexican American Political Association (MAPA) mapa-ca.org
* National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC)
* National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) ndlon.org
* National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC) nheec.org
* Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) svrep.org
* William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI) wcvi.org