Council Votes to Resist Trump Immigration Agenda

Council Votes to Resist Trump Immigration Agenda

January 17, 2018

PRESS RELEASE
Council Votes to Resist Trump Immigration Agenda
Approves Measures on DACA, TPS, SB30 and Letters of Representation

Los Angeles—The Los Angeles City Council approved four immigration proposals today, sending the Trump administration a clear signal that the City stand with its immigrant populations. The items approved include legal action due to the administration’s decision to end DACA, support for the TPS program, support for the State’s Border Wall legislation (SB30), and a new program that provides letters of representation for undocumented Angelenos, as additional protection against ICE enforcement.

ITEM NO. 5 (17-1039) DACA Legal Action (Approved 12-0)
(Huizar/Cedillo) RESOLUTION requesting and authorizing the City Attorney to either join the California Attorney General's lawsuit against the termination of the DACA Program.

ITEM NO. 6 (17-0002-S126) TPS Support (Approved 12-0)
(Cedillo/Wesson) RESOLUTION relative to establishing the City's position in support of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Program.

ITEM NO. 7 (17-0002-S67) SB30 Support (Approved 12-0)
(Huizar/Cedillo) RESOLUTION relative to establishing the City's position in support of SB 30 (Lara)—prohibiting doing business with contractors of border wall.

ITEM NO. 8 (17-1077) Letters of Representation (Approved 13-0)
(Cedillo/Wesson) REPORT relative to a program for the issuance of letters of representation to individuals at risk of deportation.

"Los Angeles is leading the country by changing the conversation and innovating the practices around protecting immigrants," said Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson. "Today's actions bring us closer to creating tangible, definitive steps Angelenos can use to safeguard themselves and their families."

“Today’s council vote is a testament to the power we have as a municipality to protect all our residents, regardless of their immigration status, and regardless of the politics in Washington D.C.,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo, Chair of the Committee on Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity. “We have a responsibility to represent all our residents equally, and will do everything in our power to ensure our residents are treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve,” added Cedillo.

“In a nation founded by immigrants, we are a City of immigrants and we must stand up for our fellow Angelenos and their families against a president that bases his immigration policy on race and stereotypes that put our residents in harms’ way," said Councilmember José Huizar. "The City of Los Angeles will not sit idly by while he plays the worst kind of politics with Dreamers, TPS recipients and immigrants who have come to our shores from around the world – we as a nation are defined by our ideas, not our tax brackets. The American Dream should be available to anyone willing to work hard enough to attain it.”

Today, city councilmembers put the president on notice that we will not support his attacks on immigrants or attempts to divide hardworking families,” said Councilwoman Nury Martinez. “We cannot allow Washington to play with people’s fates simply for the sake of politics. As city leaders, we are working together to make sure our immigrants know their rights, and are protected and respected. Together, we will continue stand up for our immigrants, including our Dreamers, and stand against any effort to harm them.”

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.

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