“The executive order that the President signed today still targets people indiscriminately, is still far out of step with values of religious tolerance and equality, and still goes against everything we believe as Americans and Angelenos. L.A. will always protect the safety and security of our families and communities, and will remain a welcoming city where people from all over the world can find a home.
Our city continues to have the highest number of people affected by this executive action, and in the days after President Trump first tried to ban travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries, I was privileged to join two gatherings that speak to the times we are in: visiting a house of worship where religious and elected leaders stood in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Islamic community; and going to the airport to welcome an Iranian man who had waited 12 years to reunite with his son, only to be wrongfully turned away under the President's ban until a court ordered his return.
That spirit of peaceful unity at the mosque, and the joy of welcoming Ali Vayeghan at the LAX terminal, is the America we know and love. Closing our door to refugees — at a time when innocent people all over the world are being killed for no other reason than their religious beliefs or political affiliations — is not.
We can — and must — work together to keep our country safe. And we can do it in a way that honors our shared humanity, celebrates our diversity, and does not turn away from the ideals that define who we are.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti
Mayor Garcetti and his Office of Immigrant Affairs are working with attorneys and non-profits to ensure that the rights of travelers arriving in Los Angeles are protected, and assist in securing legal representation for detained travelers. A hotline is available if LAX travelers experience any disruption related to the new executive order. Anyone concerned about a traveler currently being denied entry at LAX can reach the hotline at (213) 201-4780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.