Cedillo Appalled at Separation of Immigrant Families

June 20, 2018

Cedillo Appalled at Separation of Immigrant Families
Calls for City to Fast-Track ‘Keep Families Together Act’ Support Resolution

Los Angeles, CA–Councilmember Gil Cedillo is appalled at Trump Administration’s inhumane crusade to separate families entering the country, as a deterrent to stop families from seeking asylum at U.S. borders. According to the Department of Homeland Security, as of May of this year, 2,342 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southern U.S. border. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has instructed border agents to "adopt immediately a zero-tolerance policy" for border crossings, including parents with children seeking asylum.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the “Keep Families Together Act” that would prohibit an agent or officer of the Department of Homeland Security from removing a child from his or her parent or legal guardian, at or near the port of entry or within 100 miles of the border of the United States. On June 12th, 2018, six Los Angeles City Councilmembers introduced a resolution in support of this legislation. Today, Councilmember Cedillo introduced a motion to add an urgency clause to the resolution to bypass the committee process and go directly to the council floor for a vote.

“We are living in historic times of intolerance and anti-immigrant sentiment, primarily fueled by an aggressive and divisive federal administration that is attacking our core family structure. The separation of families at the border is inhumane, especially when families are fleeing their countries to escape gang violence and seek refuge” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “This administration does not represent the values of the American people. We have become an embarrassment in the global community. We will continue to stand with families, and push for laws that protect our children and champion human rights,” added Cedillo.

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, Rampart Village, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park. For more information, please visit www.GilCedillo.com.

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