The largest city on America’s West Coast won’t be helping with those mass deportations of undocumented aliens that Donald Trump has vowed to begin as soon as he takes office.
The move is noteworthy, in part because Los Angeles is by far the largest city in the state with, again by far, the largest population of undocumented aliens, with California hosting 2.8 million undocumented folks according to the latest estimate from the Department of Homeland Security. Texas is next with 1.8 million.
Los Angeles school board votes not to help
From the Los Angeles Times:
The nation’s second-largest school system on Tuesday sent a message to President-elect Donald Trump: Los Angeles’ public schools will continue to be “safe zones” for students in the U.S. illegally.
The Los Angeles Board of Education voted to approve a resolution reaffirming L.A. Unified’s current policy, which directs school staff members not to allow federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents onto school campuses unless their visit has been approved by the superintendent and the district’s lawyers. Board members also seconded a policy that protects the immigration information and identities of students, family members and school staff.
Board members also agreed to write a joint letter to Trump “affirming the American ideals that are celebrated in Los Angeles.”
In the past, these policies have been largely symbolic — ICE considers schools and churches to be “sensitive” locations and does not carry out raids in schools, according to the agency.
The board’s vote was a direct response to Trump’s election and the possibility that protections for illegal immigrants put in place under President Obama could be removed.
And the Los Angeles Police Department says no
Again from the Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday that he has no plans to change the LAPD’s stance on immigration enforcement, despite President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to toughen federal immigration laws and deport millions of people upon taking office.
For decades, the LAPD has distanced itself from federal immigration policies. The LAPD prohibits officers from initiating contact with someone solely to determine whether he or she is in the country legally, mandated by a special order signed by then-chief Daryl Gates in 1979. During Beck’s tenure as chief, the department stopped turning over people arrested for low-level crimes to federal agents for deportation and moved away from honoring federal requests to detain inmates who might be deportable past their jail terms.
On Monday, Beck said he planned to maintain the long-standing separation.
“I don’t intend on doing anything different,” he said. “We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status. We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts. That is not our job, nor will I make it our job.”
Way to go, L.A.