The list of big California cities standing up against the Trump administration’s immigration policies just got longer. And, they are refusing cooperate with ICE agents.
San Francisco already proposed cutting ties with ALL companies that place bids to help build Trump’s “big, beautiful wall.” One day later, the Los Angeles city council approved another type of anti-ICE resolution.
Fox News reported that Tuesday’s decision bars all L.A. “city firefighters and airport police from cooperating with federal immigration agents.”
The move is the city’s latest repudiation of the administration’s efforts to step up deportations of illegal immigrants, which Mayor Eric Garcetti has called “inhumane.”
The city of Los Angeles, California considers its immigrants to be “hardworking neighbors” that they REFUSE to demonize. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti says it’s un-American to demonize people just because they come from another country or speak another language.
Many major U.S. cities, such as New York and Chicago, have similar anti-ICE, non-cooperation policies already in place. But, Los Angeles is leading the pack as a pioneer for defying immigration orders from the Trump Administration.
The new directive, signed by Garcetti Tuesday, extends to all city employees a decades-old policy of the Los Angeles Police Department that prohibits officers from inquiring about a suspect’s immigration status.
LAPD also refuses to honor requests from federal immigration officials to detain illegal immigrants arrested for nonviolent crimes, the Wall Street Journal reported. The department claims that it is more effective when policing is separated from immigration enforcement, allowing it to build trust between police and residents.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck this week said reports of sexual assault and domestic violence by Hispanic residents have declined this year by 25 and 10 percent, respectively, possibly due to fear that police contact could lead to deportation.
Not all law enforcement authorities in Los Angeles agree with non-cooperation policies. Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell opposes a “sanctuary state” bill in the California statehouse that attempts to prevent federal immigration agents from taking custody of people released from the state’s jails.
If the bill passes, McDonnell told the Los Angeles Times, immigration agents will have “no choice but to go into the communities and arrest not only the individual they are seeking but also people who are with that person, or other people in the area who are undocumented.”
“That is something none of us want,” he added