Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor Garcetti mobilizes Mayors to defend DACA, strengthen protections for immigrants

On Mayors’ DACA National Day of Action, Mayor Garcetti says he will broaden safeguards under LAPD Special Order #40, and stands with immigrant advocates to engage with the White House and congressional lawmakers.

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today led a nationwide, bipartisan effort to defend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) against potential elimination, calling on the Trump Administration to preserve a compassionate federal program that has allowed close to 800,000 young people to remain in the country they love.

Joined by 60 mayors from across America, Mayor Garcetti, as Chair of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Latino Alliance, called on the White House to abandon any idea of repealing DACA — and urged Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform that could put an end to the anxiety that has gripped immigrant communities across the United States.

“The American Dream belongs first to our children,” said Mayor Garcetti. “DACA has given hundreds of thousands of hard-working, ambitious young people new hope of building lives in America — and spared scores of families the heartbreak of separation. We will do everything we can to help at the local level, but the President and Congress should act now to give them the security and peace of mind that everyone deserves.”

On a call with reporters this morning, Mayor Garcetti said that he is working to bring even more peace of mind to immigrants in L.A., by leading an effort to strengthen Special Order #40 — which has long established a barrier between the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and federal civil immigration enforcement. 

The details of the policy update are still being developed, but the Garcetti Administration is actively working with the Los Angeles Police Commission, LAPD, and immigrant advocacy organizations to reaffirm those safeguards through a transparent process that gives all Angelenos an opportunity to be heard and participate. 

“Every Angeleno should feel secure in the community they call home,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Keeping all of L.A.’s neighborhoods safe means working relentlessly to build trust between police and the people they serve. The LAPD will never act as a federal immigration force, and I am committed to finding new ways we can reinforce that policy so that fewer people live in fear.”

Mayor Garcetti’s remarks came on a Mayors’ National DACA Day of Action designated by USCM. Mayor Garcetti will spend part of the day participating in a phone bank hosted by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) — joining DACA recipients on calls encouraging voters to contact the White House directly and ask that President Trump keep DACA in place. 

DACA recipients number in the tens of thousands across the Los Angeles region — our family members and friends, classmates and colleagues. Nationwide, they are expected to add $460.3 billion to America’s economy over the next decade, according to the Center for American Progress. 

Mayors and constituents across the United States are elevating the issue on social media using the hashtags #DefendDACA and #MayorsStand4All. To learn more about DACA and for more information on taking action to support the young people it has helped, visit unitedwedream.org.

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