On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti claimed he would not support or enable federal immigration officials deporting illegal immigrants.
Stating he is “too pro-family,” Garcetti claimed to a panel of commentators he is concerned about Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents stepping up their raids on illegal immigrants. He fails to mention the more than 2.5 million aliens that were deported in his city under former President Obama.
In reference to around 700 illegal immigrants being arrested in ICE operations this year, Garcetti states the following:
“We are not getting transparency and as much information as we need. Initially, when they said there were over 100 people in Southern California that were brought in, that was denied. Later on, they admitted it was 161 people.”
The rest of Garcetti’s commentary can be read below:
“We don’t want the grandmother who forgot to pay the parking ticket separated from her family, going back to a country she may not even know.
Of course there’s dangerous criminals and we want them off the street. But it somebody was driving without a license and they’re the primary breadwinner for the family, let’s make them a citizen, let’s find a way for them to be here legally, rather than disrupting the social fabric in a city that a third of our GDP comes from contributions of our great immigrant community.
I’m too pro-family to want to see [families] separated. I’m too pro-economy to see that 54 percent of our businesses were started by immigrants, including folks who are here temporarily or undocumented. I’m too pro-Constitution to say that our local law enforcement officials should continue a policy that we do not deputize them as immigration officials.
We do want to cooperate with federal officials on serious criminals, but this is a huge distraction from the work I want to do with this administration on infrastructure, on jobs, and moving the country forward. But we will continue to protect our people.”
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