Los Angeles County proposes travel restrictions on anti-DACA states
Two Los Angeles County supervisors, Hilda Solis and Janic Hahn, introduced a motion on Tuesday that proposes a snippy response to President Trump’s repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Among other measures, the motion would implement a one-year restriction on travel by county employees to the nine states that threatened to sue the Trump administration if it renewed DACA.
It’s a mostly symbolic gesture, in the tradition of civic travel restrictions on states with anti-trans legislation, but serves as a useful reminder that the attorneys general in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, and West Virginia really hate immigrants. From the motion’s text:
Implement a travel restriction for one year by LA County employees on official LA County business, with the exception of emergency response and assistance, matters related to the Department of Children and Family Services, Probation, District Attorney, Public Defender, Alternate Public Defender, and any other legally required matters as specifically authorized by the Chief Executive Office, to the 9 remaining states (Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, West Virginia) that threatened legal action unless the administration phased out DACA. Implementation should include the delivery, by County Counsel, of a letter to each state and its leadership declaring the restriction.
The motion also directs the county’s Office of Immigration Affairs to conduct outreach to current DACA recipients to help them renew their protected status and work authorization before the deadline of October 5 — an opportunity included in the White House’s phaseout that Trump and Grand Master Sessions both conspicuously failed to mention in their statements announcing the policy change.
Over 220,000 DACA recipients live in California. The last official count, published in 2014, stated that 78,000 live in the Los Angeles metropolitan area alone, making it home to more Dreamers than any other city. Despite his massive immigrant constituency, Mayor Eric Garcetti has dragged his feet in passing sanctuary city legislation, introducing half-measures while declining to show support for a substantive ordinance outright banning local law enforcement from sharing immigration status data with the federal government.
Garcetti joined Solis and Hahn during their press conference on Tuesday to prove he likes taking pictures that depict him as a resistance leader, and issued a statement urging Congress to pass legislation protecting DACA recipients. No mention of the word “sanctuary,” though.
[h/t: LAist | photo: Getty]