Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez Friday submitted two proposals to sue the Trump administration over its latest immigration policy changes.
Both proposals, aimed to sue the Department of Homeland Security, will be considered by the council’s Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity Committee before full council consideration.
One proposed lawsuit seeks to stop the administration from restricting public benefits, such as food, medical care and housing, to undocumented immigrants.
The DHS claims that since the 1800s the federal government has deemed immigrants must be self-sustaining.
“The city of Los Angeles has made significant efforts and invested in public assistance and housing programs … to ensure that families remain together in a safe and livable environment,” Martinez said.
Martinez said that since the “public charge” rule was proposed in 2018, more people have stopped applying for the benefits, which could create a public health concern for people who depend on the programs. The new rules go into effect in October.
The state of California has filed related court documents, along with more than a dozen states and counties, in a lawsuit from the city of Baltimore regarding the public charge policies.
The other proposed lawsuit would try to stop the federal government’s policies related to detaining immigrant children and separating them from their families at U.S. borders.
Last week, DHS announced that it would change policy to hold immigrant children and their families in facilities for an indefinite amount of time, which will go into effect by late September.
“The city of Los Angeles is home to hundreds of families and children affected by these abusive anti-immigrant federal policies,” Martinez said. “It is without question that the Trump administration’s action against our immigrant children are not only unconstitutional but strike at the core of human and civil rights.”
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