Faced with growing uncertainty and fear among immigrants across their districts, Los Angeles County Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to defend an Obama-era policy that protected undocumented children from being deported, but disagreed on how their Board should press the federal government to preserve it.
The board’s unanimous vote on parts of a motion introduced last week included an amendment co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl that makes immigration one of the county’s key priorities alongside, homelessness, child protection, healthcare, justice reform and environmental issues. Several people from local organizations and business groups, including the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and AirBnB, spoke in favor of the motion during a nearly two hour public comment period.
But the original motion, authored by supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn, included a key element that restricts Los Angeles County employees from traveling to nine states that oppose the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA, which President Trump plans to end in six months, unless Congress takes action.
The board chose to vote on that item separately. The result was a 3 to 1 vote, which meant it passed, but Supervisor Kathryn Barger cast the lone no-vote while Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas abstained without explanation.
The county’s travel restriction would be in place for a year and only affects employees conducting county business. Solis amended her motion to exclude the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department from the restriction as well as county employees responding to emergency situations in those states….
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