Los Angeles City Council members ripped into the Trump administration over its immigration and amnesty policies Wednesday before a scheduled vote on a resolution to call on Congress to outlaw “unfair treatment of immigrants.”
The council’s resolution denounces the administration over reports of more than 540 parents of immigrant children have gone missing under its watch, while their children continue to endure the conditions of a federal detention center.
“These kids and their families deserve and need our support,” Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said during a broadcast announcement of the resolution.
“Despite a recent claim that these children are being well taken care of by the author of the separation policy, the cruel and deplorable conditions at these detention centers were documented by (the Department of) Homeland Security’s own independent watchdog, describing standing-room-only cells, children without showers and hot meals and scenes of intense trauma and desperation.”
A copy of the resolution was not immediately available, and the City Council meeting Wednesday was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
O’Farrell went on to describe the scenes at the detention facilities as chaotic, and he cited a DHS report that since September 2019, at least seven children have died while in the care of the detention facilities.
“You may recall that when (President Donald Trump) announced his campaign, he did so by specifically targeting Mexicans, immigrants, slandered them said that they were criminals,” Cedillo said, adding that reports have shown many immigrants to the United States have been coming from Central America.
Calls and emails to the Republican Party of Los Angeles County by City News Service seeking a response to the City Council’s remarks Wednesday morning were not immediately returned.
“It really is, is incumbent upon all of us to remain strong in the face of what is the most absolutely derelict version of what humanity looks like,” Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez said.
The council adopted policies this year to prohibit the establishment and operation of private migrant detention facilities within Los Angeles, and prohibited lodging businesses from allowing private security firms from holding immigrant children within their facilities.
Prior to the introduction of the resolution on separated families, the City Council voted to condemn the practice of forced hysterectomies and on immigrants at federal facilities.
The Los Angeles Times reported on Oct. 22 that at least 19 women at a Georgia immigration facility allege a doctor performed, or pressured them to undergo, “overly aggressive” or “medically unnecessary” surgery without their consent, including procedures that affect their ability to have children.
“This definitely harkens back to an evil time in world history,” Councilman Paul Koretz said. “(These are) absolutely deplorable, inhumane and frankly genocidal, if you will, activities at the hands of our own government.”
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