Councilmember Gil Cedillo has a long standing record of advancing social justice, particularly in the area of immigration. As the author of the CA Dream Act and the CA Driver's License for undocumented motorists, Cedillo made a name for himself as the 'people's champion.' His efforts to defeat Proposition 187 as a union leader have prepared him for this next wave of attacks on our community. The era of Trump has ignited a fire in the Latino community that will not be easily extinguished by threats to our people or our City. The State of California, the County and City of Los Angeles, Gil Cedillo and many other immigrant rights advocates stand ready to protect all members of our society, regardless of immigration status.
The City of Los Angeles has done the following to ensure immigrant protections:
- Special Order 40--An LAPD order from 1979 that clearly delineates the role of law enforcement as serving the public and not as ICE agents. It states that: 1.) Officers shall not initiate police action with the objective of discovering the alien status of a person. 2.) Officers shall not arrest nor book persons for violation of title 8, section 1325 of the United States Immigration code (Illegal Entry).
- Immigrant Affairs Committee--The Ad-Hoc Committee on Immigrant Affairs was created and Councilmember Cedillo named the Chair. It is tasked with responding to the Federal government's anti-immigrant policies at the local level.
- Justice Fund--Working with the Mayor's Office, LA County and the philanthropic community, headed by the California Community Foundation, we have instituted a $10 million fund to legally defend immigrants facing deportation orders.
- Sanctuary City Status--Cities across the United States have adopted what are commonly known as "sanctuary policies." These generally direct city employees not to cooperate with ICE. The City is currently studying our laws and ordinances in support of immigrants before determining our sanctuary city status.
- Street Vendors--Councilmember Cedillo led the fight to decriminalize street vendors, in order to avoid the unintended consequences of jeopardizing citizenship or creating grounds for deportation. A citywide street vending ordinance is in the works, to legalize street vending in Los Angeles.
Should you need legal advice about an immigration case, including the DACA program, please contact any of the following organizations.
Coalition for Immigrant Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
2533 West 3rd Street, Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Toll free 1-888-6CHIRLA
(213) 353 1333
2845 W. 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 385-7800 x136
El Rescate Legal
1501 West 8th St., Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90017
610 South Ardmore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005