Members of the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday introduced legislation to create an ordinance to “permanently enshrine the sanctuaries policy in the city law.”
The motion was introduced by Councilors Eunisses Hernandez, Hugo Soto-Martinez and Nithya Raman.
“Today I stood with @cd4losangeles and @cd13losangeles to introduce legislation to create an ordinance to permanently enshrine the sanctuary policy in the city law to ensure that city resources, property or personnel are never used by or for ICE be used,” Hernandez tweeted.
“As the proud daughter of immigrants, I’ve seen firsthand how immigrants have made Los Angeles the diverse and thriving city it is. It’s been a long time since our city took action to protect our undocumented migrants,” she said.
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“Immigrants are the fabric of LA. Prohibiting the use of city resources for federal immigration enforcement should not depend on executive actions that can be reversed by a future government. These are fundamental protections that should be enshrined in our laws,” tweeted Raman. .
From left, Councilors Hugo Soto-Martinez, Eunisses Hernandez and Nithya Raman announcing legislation to direct the city to report on an ordinance to establish the City of Los Angeles as a sanctuary city during a press conference at City Hall on Tuesday March December 7, 2023 in Los Angeles. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Under the law, city officials would be directed to draft the ordinance that would codifying a 2017 directive that prohibits the use of city or federal immigration enforcement resources, property or personnel, according to Fox 11 Los Angeles.
The motion also reportedly instructs the city not to ask for or collect information about an individual’s immigration status, investigate or enforce any person’s immigration status, grant immigration authorities access to non-public areas without prohibiting a valid search or arrest. order and grant access to city databases or any person’s personal information or other data to the federal immigration authorities.
From left, Councilmembers Eunisses Hernandez, Hugo Soto-Martinez and Nithya Raman at a press conference to announce legislation to direct the city to report on an ordinance to establish the City of Los Angeles as a Sanctuary City and all Prohibit city resources, property or personnel from being used for federal immigration enforcement. Press conference at City Hall on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 in Los Angeles. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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The station noted that the Los Angeles Police Department has banned offers to get involved in immigration enforcement since 1979, with policies prohibiting contact with individuals based solely on immigration status and barring entry to jails or inmates unless immigration officers have a federal warrant.
While the city council previously passed a resolution that declared Los Angeles a ‘holy city’, The Los Angeles Times reported that it was a symbolic gesture that lacked legal protection.
Councilman Eunisses Hernandez after announcing legislation to direct the city to report on an ordinance to establish the City of Los Angeles as a Sanctuary City during a press briefing at City Hall on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 in Los Angeles. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Referring to a release of Hernandez, the newspaper reported that it said city and state department policies still allow immigration officers to access city jails to question people in police custody and allow officers to transfer individuals to the U.S. immigration and customs enforcement agency. even if no court orders are issued.”
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Fox News Digital’s request for comment from the LAPD was not immediately answered.
Nearly 10% of the country’s more than 11 million immigrants who are in the country without legal permission live in Los Angeles and Orange counties, according to a survey. 2017 Pew Research Center report.
Julia Musto is a reporter for Fox News and Fox Business Digital.