Employees of the city of Los Angeles would be prohibited from participating in any program to register individuals based on their religion or spiritual faith under an ordinance approved Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council.
The measure — which was approved on a 12-0 vote without discussion and must be signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti before becoming law — was originally introduced on the day President Donald Trump was inaugurated in response to fears that he would attempt to create a registry of all Muslims in the country.
During the campaign, Trump expressed support for creating a registry of all Muslims in the country, but has not attempted to enact legislation that would support its creation.
Councilman Paul Krekorian, in the motion that led to ordinance, wrote: “As a candidate, our new president repeatedly proposed creating a registry of Muslim Americans. He proposed banning Muslims from entering the United States. He repeatedly engaged in rhetoric that suggested an unfair scapegoating of Muslim Americans based solely on their faith. Our city should take these statements and actions seriously, and we should never tolerate or accept them. We must never facilitate or cooperate with such an abrogation of our most cherished values.”
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