Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has set up the “L.A. Justice Center” in an effort to raise funding for the defense of any immigrants, even criminals, who are presently in California facing deportation by ICE.
Garcetti, said at a recent press conference, “The reason it was important for us to act is we will have a change in government. We expect there could be actions right away.”
President Trump is the change Mayor Garcetti was speaking about, and Trump has stated several times during his campaign that he will move to eliminate sanctuary cities, remove criminal aliens, and secure the nation’s borders.
Mayor Garcetti defended the establishment of his fund as saying it will fight for “good and law-abiding immigrants of Los Angeles.” However, when asked by Fox News if he would exclude immigrants with criminal histories, he replied, “No.”
According to a December 2016 article in Town Hall, “the L.A. Justice Center will have a 10 million dollar “war chest” funded by the city of Los Angeles.”
Los Angeles, California is presently a sanctuary city, and it will soon be facing penalties by the Department of Justice.
U.S. Representative John Culberson (R-TX), the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, said, “These jurisdictions must cooperate 100 percent in order to qualify for these DOJ grants. They must choose between protecting illegal aliens and receiving federal funds.”
In 2016, Rep. Culberson worked with the Department of Justice and The Attorney General’s Office of Inspector General to create a list of more than 300 sanctuary jurisdictions and certified the top 10 non-compliant jurisdictions so they can begin to initiate the process required for the DOJ to cut federal law enforcement grants.
According to Breitbart, “Los Angeles, as well as the entire state of California, were certified as not being in compliance and were notified they would not be eligible to apply for grants this fiscal year unless they change their sanctuary policies. The move by the DOJ could cost the State of California more than $132 million in federal grants this year alone.”
Rep. Culberson, “It is not just future funds that are at risk for these sanctuary jurisdictions. The DOJ can force them to reimburse funds received from these grant programs in the past. This means the State of California could be forced to repay the more than $3 billion in grants received over the past ten years.”
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