Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he plans to fight the Trump administration when it comes to federal funding of sanctuary cities. Garcetti’s comments come after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently warned that Department of Justice funds will be stripped from sanctuary cities.
“Slashing funds for first-responders, for our port and airport, for counterterrorism, crime-fighting and community-building serves no one — not this city, not the federal government, not the American people,” Garcetti said, according to LA Daily News. “We will fight to protect the safety and dignity of all Angelenos, and we will work closely with our representatives in Congress to make sure that Los Angeles does not go without federal resources that help protect millions of people every day.”
He added that LA’s policies, which include prohibiting police officers from approaching individuals to ask about immigration status or arresting people for immigration-related violations, are “designed to keep our residents safe.”
According to LA Daily News, Los Angeles has recently received over $2 million in grants which went towards the city’s police department and reducing criminal activity.
“I urge the nation’s states and cities to carefully consider the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws,” Sessions said in statements from the White House briefing room.
LA Daily News reports this warning from Sessions followed a report that showed local jails recorded over 200 cases nationwide in which immigrants were released from custody before federal agents could get involved in their cases.
Garcetti has said it’s a “myth that we don’t collaborate or cooperate with federal officials,” and claimed he has not deemed Los Angeles a sanctuary city.
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