LOS ANGELES-- City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced the City of Los Angeles has joined a coalition of local municipalities opposed to President Trump’s Executive Order 13769, commonly known as the travel ban. The City joined with New York and jurisdictions across the nation in an amicus brief in Darweesh v. Trump, filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York.
"Los Angeles continues to be at the forefront in the battle to uphold the basic constitutional values that protect all our residents," said Feuer. "I’m proud our office is standing up for fundamental rights with this broad coalition of cities. We offer a unique and significant perspective in support of the Court’s injunction."
"Los Angeles is at the forefront of a movement to defend American values and support immigrant communities," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "I thank City Attorney Feuer for his leadership, and stand committed to doing everything in my power to make sure that all Angelenos' rights are respected and upheld."
"We are standing up to protect the intrinsic value of all people against an unconstitutional executive order fueled by ignorance and intolerance," said Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
"If the Administration issues a new order, we must be vigilant in assuring it's lawful--and fight it again if it's not," added Feuer. "In the meantime, it is imperative that injunctions blocking the current ban remain in effect."
Prompted by reports that visa and green card holders were detained or denied entry at LAX, Feuer sought to intervene with federal officials at LAX the night of January 28. When Feuer’s efforts were rebuffed by these officials, Feuer sent this letter to top federal authorities seeking answers regarding the unlawful treatment of legal immigrants at LAX.
When reports indicated LAX detainees suffered deplorable conditions, for example--
receiving little or no food or water for hours--Feuer submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the federal government this week.