LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, NEW YORK AND SAN FRANCISCO FILE AMICUS BRIEF IN FLORES V. SESSIONS

Updated: Feb 26


Downtown Los Angeles with very large words in blue, yellow and red, "families belong together" over it.

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, today announced that Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and San Francisco joined together to file an amicus brief in Flores v. Sessions, pending before Judge Dolly M. Gee of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, opposing President Donald Trump’s efforts to 1) engage in long term detention of migrant children, and 2) eliminate all critical child welfare oversight currently being provided by state licensing agencies.

The brief supports the class of Flores plaintiffs, all of whom are migrant children, as they seek to defend against the Trump administration’s cruel and inhumane family separate policies at the southwest border. A copy of the amicus brief in Floers v. Sessions is here.

"We've seen the horror and indignation of millions of Americans as the Trump Administration wrests thousands of immigrant children from their parents," said Feuer. "I'm proud to stand with cities across our nation, yet again, in fighting back against this Administration's outrageous tactics and standing up for families."

"Whether in the streets or the courts, we are going to do everything we can to end the Trump Administration's use of children as pawns in their political games," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "State-sanctioned family separation belongs in the dustbin of history."

"I have seen up-close, both at the border and here in New York City, how the President’s ‘zero tolerance’ policies have ripped families apart and taken children thousands of miles away from their parents. The President’s latest effort would result in vulnerable immigrant children and families being locked up together under dangerous conditions," said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. "Instead of simply helping people fleeing violence and seeking asylum, the Trump Administration has repeatedly come up with new ways to hurt immigrants and refugees. New York City supports this amicus brief because we will always stand up to protect vulnerable children and families."