City Council Passes Resolution Declaring LA Sanctuary City

As reported by CBSLA

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles City Council Friday unanimously passed a resolution giving L.A. sanctuary status for immigrants.

In a 12-0 vote, the council reaffirmed its existing laws limiting cooperation with federal authorities regarding immigration enforcement policies. The resolution was more of a symbolic declaration.

The sanctuary issue has received renewed focus in the Trump administration era. The resolution, which was written by Councilmembers Gil Cedillo and Herb Wesson, had been approved by the Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity Committee back in December of 2017, but did not go to the full council until now.

“The city of Los Angeles reaffirms its position that enforcement of federal immigration law is a function solely delegated to the U.S Congress by the U.S. Constitution, and any local resources used to enforce federal immigration law by local police authorities would be unconstitutional,” the resolution states.

L.A. police have followed Special Order 40 since the late 1970s, which states officers will not detain a person for the sole purpose of determining their immigration status. L.A. jails also do not honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers unless they are issued by a judge or judicial officer.

In the past, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has resisted embracing the term “sanctuary city” because he says it is often used by those looking to harm cities that have friendly immigration policies.

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