Los Angeles Mayor Is Defiant Against Trump’s Executive Order Regarding Illegals
BY BOB ADELMANN
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has thrown down the gauntlet, defying President Donald Trump’s executive order issued in January, entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” That executive order provides a three-step procedure to ensure that illegals are apprehended and deported: 1) the “name and shame” list of illegals committing crimes in so-called “sanctuary cities”; 2) threat of legal action against officials endorsing “sanctuary city” policies; and 3) threat of withholding federal funds if they persist in resisting federal immigration enforcement officials from performing their duties.Even the title of Garcetti’s own executive directive is a poke in Trump’s eye: “Standing with Immigrants: A City of Safety, Refuge, and Opportunity for All,” even if those “All” are among Los Angeles’ estimated 2.6 million illegals.
Garcetti opens with a summary of West Coast liberalism:
Enforcement of federal immigration laws is the responsibility of federal officials, says the mayor, and his law-enforcement people are not allowed to assist them in performing their duties in any way:
The mayor’s order now officially grants illegal immigrants full “equal access to [the city’s] facilities, services, and programs without regard to any person’s citizenship or immigration status to the maximum extent that the law permits, [and] foster[s] a welcoming atmosphere for all regardless of immigration status.”
There is more to his order, including keeping any information that a city employee might have, or might have access to, regarding an immigrant’s status, private and away from ICE agents. But the message being delivered is clear: All are welcome to Los Angeles’ welfare benefits, including illegals, where they may be safely protected from intrusion by federal officials attempting to enforce federal laws.
It’s also the most blatant pushback against President Trump’s policies as stated by his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who said, “It is not acceptable for jurisdictions [such as Los Angeles, and others] to refuse to cooperate with federal law enforcement.”
Wait until Sessions and Trump get wind of efforts by California itself to become the nation’s first “sanctuary state”! Senate Bill 54, entitled the “California Values Act,” is already being fast-tracked in Sacramento, and says:
The order by LA’s Mayor Garcetti and California’s SB 54 have set in motion the confrontation between Trump’s policies and California’s policies of inclusion, regardless of immigration status. There will be test cases resulting in lawsuits, which will take years to sort out. But one thing is certain: That coming confrontation is going to be nasty, with repercussions affecting generations to come.
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