Despite having claimed on NPR that he doesn’t even know what a “sanctuary city” is, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an official directive on Tuesday, which “restricted city employees from cooperating with federal immigration officials and instructed police at the ports and airports to refrain from investigating a person’s immigration status.”
Los Angeles has been protecting illegal immigrants since 1979 by prohibiting officers from asking about the immigration status of criminals. They ramped those efforts up in 2014, when the LAPD stopped honoring ICE requests to detain those illegals after they’ve been arrested for nonviolent crimes, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Democratic mayor refuses to enforce President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement policies, citing a long debunked claim that enforcement of immigration laws destroys trust between police and illegal immigrants. According to the president, however, such policies foster lawlessness.
The Los Angeles mayor is now widening his efforts by applying his latest directive to the following entities:
- The police who patrol Los Angeles International Airport
- The police who secure one of the nation’s biggest container ports
- The Los Angeles Fire Department
ICE officials put out a statement, saying that the idea that the “agency’s execution of its mission is undermining public safety is outrageous and wrongheaded. In fact, the greater threat to public safety is local law enforcement’s continuing unwillingness to honor immigration detainers.