The County of Los Angeles is home to 3.5 million immigrants. The Trump Administration has issued and implemented a series of harmful executive orders that have targeted our country’s immigrant population. In response, on Tuesday, the LA County Board of Supervisors passed (4-1) two motions, co-authored by Supervisors Hilda L. Solis and Sheila Kuehl, that would create a countywide sensitive locations policy and operationalize the Immigrant Protection and Advancement Taskforce.
“We first set on this mission to protect our immigrant community, to make our immigrants feel safe, since November, and immigrants no longer felt safe,” said Supervisor Solis. “Over the past several months, we have heard of the presence and activity of immigration enforcement officials near sensitive locations. The public should have no reason to fear dropping their kids off at school, stepping into a courthouse, or getting health services at a County hospital.”
Today’s motions are a step towards creating a Countywide Sensitive Locations Policy and ensuring broad representation on the Immigrant Protection and Advancement Taskforce. In order to create a Countywide Sensitive Locations Policy, the Board of Supervisors is directing County Counsel and the Chief Executive Office to provide recommendations for a policy within 45 days.
“ICE’s recent activity has frightened a great many people, and has had the troubling effect of discouraging them and their families from accessing vital public services,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “Today’s motion is designed to reassure everyone in LA County that we will do our best to keep them safe when they attend school, seek medical attention, or go to court. The County provides vital public services and every eligible person in this County should feel safe accessing them.”
Supervisor Solis has passed nine other immigrant protection motions since President Trump was elected and he began to issue executive orders that focused on the immigrant population. These orders affect the 3.5 million immigrants within the County of Los Angeles. The policies include, ramping up immigration enforcement activity by hiring 5,000 new Border Agents and 10,000 new ICE agents, moving forward with the construction of a wall along the U.S-Mexico border, and turning people away from our borders because they are from certain countries and of the Muslim faith.
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