The Pasadena Police Department has apparently cancelled a working agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement - out of concern officers could be pulled into the enforcement of immigration law.
ICE said Friday the agreement had nothing to do with administrative immigration cases (non-criminal deportations), rather, it was a reimbursement mechanism for overtime and other expenses when local officers assisted with federal criminal cases.
“Investigations into human trafficking, drug smuggling, weapons trafficking, money laundering, child exploitation,” said ICE spokeswoman Virginia Vice.
“These agreements do not alter the mission of the local police department,” she said, and added that about 50 L.A. area agencies have had the agreements in place for many years.
The City of Pasadena and the Police Department did not immediately return calls.
— Eric Leonard (@LeonardFiles)