MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI
CITY OF LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today reaffirmed that City of L.A. law enforcement does not participate in or assist with civil immigration enforcement, and reminded all residents of their rights in light of President Trump’s threat to conduct ICE deportation sweeps in cities across America beginning this weekend.
“Los Angeles will always stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters, and our law enforcement officers will never participate in these actions,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “No Angeleno should ever have to fear being snatched from their home or separated from their loved ones — and we are doing everything we can to provide immigrant families with the information and support they need.”
In 2017, Mayor Garcetti signed the 20th executive directive of his administration, “Standing with Immigrants: A City of Safety, Refuge, and Opportunity for All.” The directive ensures that L.A.’s public servants are focused on protecting people, serving communities, and saving lives — not inquiring about immigration status or engaging in federal civil immigration enforcement actions, like the ones expected to begin on Sunday.
The directive expanded existing LAPD policies on immigration enforcement to Airport police, Port police, and firefighters — and prohibits all city employees from using public facilities or resources to assist or cooperate with federal civil immigration enforcement. It also requires that all city facilities and services be made available to Angelenos without regard to citizenship or immigration status, and orders protections on the confidentiality of information submitted by residents who enroll in city programs and services, unless specifically required by law.
“The LAPD is in contact with many community stakeholders regarding the reported ICE enforcement actions,” said Chief Michel Moore. “We will continue communicating that members of this Department will not be participating in these actions, and are committed to protecting Los Angeles through meaningful relationship-building and community partnership.”
The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has created a Community Resource Guide for immigrant Angelenos — which includes comprehensive information about rights and resources, including contact information for legal service providers and community organizations. The guide can be found on the Mayor’s website in both Spanish and English.
In addition, the Mayor’s Office is working closely with FamilySource Centers and the Los Angeles Unified School District to disseminate “Know Your Rights” information in their facilities. The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is also in direct contact with immigrant advocacy groups — who are partners in the L.A. Justice Fund — to identify people who need help, connect families facing the deportation of a loved one with the legal representation they may need, and assist with rapid response case management.
Earlier this week, following the President’s abrupt threat to begin “removing” people from the United States, the Mayor condemned his words as “inhumane, disgraceful, and dangerous — recalling dark moments in history that have led to unthinkable suffering and unimaginable loss.” Mayor Garcetti added: “They are a feeble attempt to mask this administration’s failure on immigration. We won’t stand for it in Los Angeles, and will take every step possible to protect Angelenos from harm and the tragedy of family separation.”