The remark was made in defiance of national security law protecting the border, as ICE raids begin against — specifically — those court-ordered to self-deport who haven’t done so.
In the same spirit, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti stepped up the protest plate Saturday night.
Raids had been set for Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Denver, New York City, San Francisco, Baltimore, New Orleans, Houston, and Los Angeles.
In a video released by the mayor, assurances were made:
“Rest assured: Here in Los Angeles, we are not coordinating with ICE.”
In the clip posted to Twitter, Eric noted the purported plans of the U.S. government:
“We’ve all heard reports that the Trump administration is threatening to round up and deport thousands of immigrant families in cities across America this weekend.”
A message for all Angelenos: Here in Los Angeles, we will not be coordinating with ICE.
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) July 13, 2019
In light of the fact, he offered advice to those hiding out:
“No matter their immigration status, I want every Angeleno to know their rights and how to exercise them. Remember: You have the right to remain silent. You don’t have to open your door to an ICE agent that doesn’t have a warrant signed by a judge. You have the right to speak to a lawyer before signing any documents or speaking to law enforcement. And if you need help finding an attorney, you can call 311 and learn more about our Justice Fund and other resources that offer legal support. And whenever possible, keep a record of everything that happens. Take note of an officer’s name and badge number, of when and where you are being questioned, so you can use that information in your own defense.”
Up with advice, down with ICE:
“And most importantly, I want you to know: You do not need to be afraid. Your city is on your side. And rest assured: Here in Los Angeles, we are not coordinating with ICE.”
Eric stood beside LA Police Chief Michel Moore, who added his own refusal to cooperate with the government:
“We will not enforce immigration laws that are civil in nature and fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government. … Everything we do is focused on what’s best for the security and safety of all Angelenos, and consistent with our commitment to constitutional policing and deepening our community partnerships. Simply put, we are here to protect and serve all the people of Los Angeles, regardless of their immigration status.”
Eric and Michel have a unique way of addressing situations. In light of the city’s horrific homeless problem, Michel recently served up his version of a solution: Cancel all bench warrants for homeless people (here).
No word on how many times one has to defecate on the sidewalk in order to qualify as homeless and therefore receive the prize of removed warrants. But why take a chance? I say give it 4 or 5, at least.
Independent thinkers, indeed.
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