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Sheriff Baca Leaves Behind Terrible Record on Immigration,
Replacement Will Need to Reverse Course
January 07, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA
“Sheriff Baca leaves behind a terrible record on immigration.” explains Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.
Under Sheriff Baca’s tenure, Los Angeles became a pilot location for the federal Se Communities deportation quota program, which is responsible for deporting 31,000 LA residents to date (more people than have been deported under the same program by the notorious Sheriff Arpaio in Maricopa County Arizona).
The Sheriff further tarnished his relationship with immigrant communities and encouraged comparisons with the Arizona Sheriff after he stated that undocumented residents in LA do not have civil rights in a 2011 KCRW interview.
In response to the reports that LA County Sheriff Baca will resign, Alvarado commented on the implications for his successor, “Going forward the rights of immigrants will undoubtedly be a campaign issue. We fully expect any candidate to replace the Sheriff to make their position clear during the campaign.”