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.