Los Angeles County supervisors are expected to vote Tuesday on whether to restrict county employees from traveling to nine states that oppose the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era policy that protected undocumented children from being deported and which President Trump plans to end.
The motion by supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn would ban LA County employees from several departments from vising Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia on county business. The only exception is if there is in an emergency response, according to the motion.
Those states had threatened legal action against the Trump Administration if DACA wasn’t repealed. If adopted, the county’s travel ban would be in place for a year.
Supervisors introduced the motion last Tuesday, just hours after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of DACA and a halt to all new applications for the program. The program will end in six months if Congress does not take action.
In response to those who have applied for DACA, before the new applications were halted, Trump tweeted last week, “you have nothing to worry about — No action!”
Solis and Hahn also ask their colleagues to sign and send a letter to President Trump and the U.S. Congress demanding a legislative solution to DACA.
In their motion, they called the Trump Administration’s plan to end DACA “a divisive, ill-advised and inhumane move.”
“This action is widely opposed by leaders of both parties at the federal level, and decried by numerous California elected officials,” Solis and Hahn wrote. “It is also a heartbreaking blow and cruel exercise of Presidential authority aimed at nearly 800,000 of the most vulnerable young people among us, including 214,000 who reside in California.”
More than 100,000 people work for the county. The five-member board oversees the largest local government body in the nation.
Such restrictions have sprouted up more frequently this year, most notably in connection with North Carolina’s “bathroom bill,” a measure that required transgender people to use bathrooms that aligned with the gender on their birth certificate. Sports teams and California lawmakers were among those that enacted such travel restrictions to North Carolina and states that were deemed unfriendly toward the LGBTQ rights.
But the county’s travel restriction proposal may not make the same economic dent as those initiated by sports leagues or large corporations, said Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles.
Still, such a statement could send a message, he noted.
“I think it is a somewhat effective measure,” Sonenshein said. “It’s probably more symbolic than having a major impact on these states. It’s an interesting moral statement.”
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, the lone Republican on the five-member board, noted last week after the motion was introduced that DACA was part of an executive order signed by President Obama as a stop-gap measure, because Congress hadn’t taken any action on immigration reform.
“What I think is being said today is Congress needs to get to work and do its job,” Barger said. “I think it’s time to get together and pass a comprehensive immigration bill, and especially DACA. Young people who came before the age 16 came in at a young age. This is the only country they know. I always vote my conscience. On the issue of DACA, to me, it is my conscience. I believe we have to do the right thing. I’m hoping our congressional leaders will do what they were voted into office to do.”
Tuesday’s vote will come a day after California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, joined by the attorneys general of several other states, filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over its decision to end DACA.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will introduce a motion Tuesday as well, asking Los Angeles County’s legal counsel to file amicus briefs in support of Baccera’s litigation.
Ridley-Thomas said DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers, have known no other country except for the United States.
“Ending DACA will result in uncertainty and turmoil, not only for the nation’s 800,000 Dreamers but also for our entire community, of which they are an integral part,” Ridley-Thomas said in a statement Monday. “It’s important that Los Angeles County express support for our Dreamers.”
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