LOS ANGELES, CA – At the direction of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, the Board of Supervisors today voted in favor of reuniting 545 children with their families who were separated starting three years ago during the Trump Administration’s immigration crackdown at the U.S. border, as disclosed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other immigrant law advocates last week.
“As the largest County and a County made whole by its immigrant community, we are obligated to act,” said Supervisor Solis. “Staying silent is not an option. With this motion, we demand that separated children be expeditiously reunited with their parents because families belong together.”
According to a recent filing from the ACLU and other pro-bono law firms, lawyers appointed by a federal judge to identify migrant families who were separated by the Trump Administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy say that they have not been able to locate the parents of 545 children. And according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services the Office of Refugee Resettlement has released all 545 children to sponsors or foster care.
The motion directs Los Angeles County’s Chief Executive Officer to send a 5-signature letter to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Senate and House Leadership, and the Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation denouncing the Trump Administration’s policies and efforts that separate children from their parents, and to expeditiously reunite separated children with their parents.
The motion also directs the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Office of Immigrant Affairs to investigate if it is possible to find out whether any separated children live in the County and what support services they and their families need. In addition, the motion asks the Office of Immigrant Affairs to convene a workgroup composed of appropriate stakeholders to collaborate on reuniting the separated children with their parents and families, and to make available County wraparound services to the children and their parents, sponsors, and families – and to report back in 30 days on these efforts.
Since the 2016 Presidential election, Supervisor Solis has sponsored dozens of “Know Your Rights” and citizenship workshops across the First District. Not only has she strived to ensure that our immigrant communities know what resources are available to them, but she has also authored dozens of motions (and counting) to Protect. Defend. Fight. for immigrants who live throughout Los Angeles County.
Learn more about how Supervisor Solis has long stood in solidarity with our immigrant communities, leading the effort to provide protection, support, and vital resources to this vulnerable and important population by clicking here.
CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov