Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion to direct LA County’s Chief Executive Officer and the Legislative Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations team to send a five-signature letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation to declare the Board’s opposition to the Federal Administration’s Notice expanding the expedited removal of undocumented immigrants:
“The Federal Administration put into effect a policy that expands the use of expedited removal, which speeds up the deportation process by ignoring an individual’s right to due process. Previously, only an undocumented immigrant found within 100 miles of the U.S. border, and who had been living in the U.S. for less than two weeks, would be subject to expedited removal.
Under this Administration’s latest crackdown, undocumented immigrants found anywhere in the U.S. and who cannot prove they have been in the country continuously for two years or more could be quickly deported without any of the due-process protections granted to most other people, including the right to find an attorney and to a hearing before a judge.
This policy is likely to lead to an increase in racial profiling, where immigration authorities could stop any person of color on the street and ask them for proof of legal residency. This new rule will drive our immigrant families, friends, and neighbors further into the shadows.
My Board motion directs County Counsel to recommend filing an amicus brief to support legal action challenging this policy and/or to join as amicus or as plaintiff in litigation. LA County will oppose this expansion of the expedited removal process and will continue to advocate for the rights of all immigrants. County residents who are concerned about this new immigration policy or who have questions about how they or their loved ones may be impacted can call LA County’s Office of Immigrant Affairs at (800) 593-8222.”
Today’s Board action marks the 40th immigration motion Supervisor Solis has authored to protect, defend, and fight for the rights of immigrants since the 2016 presidential election. Her efforts include a motion to create sensitive locations throughout the County, a $3 million dollar contribution to the LA Justice Fund, and the creation of the first-ever County Office of Immigrant Affairs. To view a complete list of these actions, please click here.
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