L.A. City Councilman Calls for End to ICE

Activists march and rally against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Trump administration's immigration policies, outside of the ICE offices in Federal Plaza, June 29, 2018 in New York City. The rally was organized by the Democratic Socialists of America and they are calling for the full abolition of ICE

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles City Council took a number of actions today aimed at countering the immigration agenda of the Trump administration, while one council member introduced a resolution calling for the elimination of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. 

The council's actions included a vote of support for a federal bill that would prohibit an agent or officer of the Department of Homeland Security from removing a child from his or her parent or legal guardian, at or near a U.S. border or port of entry. 

The council also approved a resolution supporting any federal action to aid migrant families separated at the border, and a motion requesting the city attorney to file an amicus brief in support of Ms. L. v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement et al, which seeks a permanent injunction preventing ICE from continuing to separate parents from their children at the U.S. border. 

City Councilman Gil Cedillo also joined a growing list of politicians and organizations calling for an end to ICE by introducing a resolution that would support its elimination.

``The city of Los Angeles continues to stand with immigrant families by supporting the abolishment of ICE,'' Cedillo said. 

``The president's zero-tolerance policy is repressive and inhumane. His focus should be on fixing our broken immigration system, instead of penalizing refugees seeking asylum. It is un-American to shut our doors on those seeking refuge in the United States. 

On the eve of our Independence Day, I call for the elimination of ICE, the implementation of a humane immigration program and a stop to the separation of families as a deterrent to entry into our country.''All of the actions were approved on unanimous votes.

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