The federal government continues to attempt to marginalize refugee and immigrant populations through actions that only serve to break up families and deny them access to COVID-19 relief. In response, today the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved two motions that would allow the County to file and support lawsuits opposing this Administration’s misguided actions.

“Refugees and immigrants deserve to be treated with compassion and dignity. Both populations contribute to our economy and cultural tapestry,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “This Administration’s use of rules to restrict where refugees are allowed to resettle in this country is immoral, and its reversal to deny immigrant college students access to COVID-19 emergency relief funds is unscrupulous. I am proud that LA County is making a powerful statement declaring that we strongly oppose all actions that negatively affect our hardworking refugee and immigrant communities.”

The first Board motion authored by Supervisor Solis and co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, enables the County to join an amicus brief, along with the City of Los Angeles, to support a lawsuit opposing Executive Order 13888, which gives states and local officials—not including city officials—veto power over refugee settlement efforts to stop refugees from relocating in their respective communities.

“By joining these amicus briefs, LA County is saying ‘No’ to Trump Administration efforts to divide Americans by immigration status and scapegoat refugees and immigrants at a moment when we must be united in our commitment to help all residents of California,” said Supervisor Kuehl.

The second motion, also authored by Supervisor Solis and co-authored by Supervisor Kuehl, allows LA County to join two amicus briefs challenging the federal government’s eligibility restrictions that prohibit immigrant students from receiving COVID-19 higher education emergency relief funds. Plaintiffs in both of these lawsuits argue that the federal government violated the U.S. Constitution’s separation-of-powers principles when it reversed itself by denying immigrant students access to these COVID-19 relief funds.

Today’s motions mark the 53rd and 54th immigration motions Supervisor Solis has authored to protect, defend, and fight for the rights of immigrants. Her efforts include a motion to create the first-ever County Office of Immigrant Affairs and to contribute $3-million to the LA Justice Fund. To view a complete list of Supervisor Solis’ actions to support immigrants since November 2016, please click here.

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Director of Communications, rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov