The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted to “protect” the data and identities of the over one and half million illegal invaders living in the region in order to prevent them being deported by the incoming Trump administration.
The existing “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) task force will be converted into a “County Immigrant Protection Task Force” responsible for developing and recommending strategies for protecting invaders.
According to a statement issued by one of the motion’s sponsors, First District Supervisor Hilda L. Solis—a Hispanic of Nicaraguan and Mexican parents—the motion will “direct the County to take an urgent look at what changes, revisions, or additions need to be made prior to the inauguration” [of Donald Trump].
Solis—who previously served as Barack Obama’s Secretary of Labor from 2009 to 2013—said in her statement that the “multi-faceted motion calls for an analysis from different County departments, a new Task Force, and protection of identities and data of all immigrants in the County.”
Furthermore, the Office of Education, Chief Information Officer, County Counsel and the Sheriff’s Department will report back to the board in 30 days with their findings and determine “the best strategy to defend Los Angeles County immigrants,” she wrote.
The new “County Immigrant Protection Task Force” will be ordered to report back within 45 days “on the feasibility of creating a more permanent countywide office or department of immigrant affairs.”
The county will also be tasked with analyzing what the potential funding impacts to the county would look like if Trump follows through on his threats to cut funding to so-called “sanctuary cities.”
“This motion marks the first step of many that we will take to defend our immigrant communities and their rights,” said Solis.
The board directed a task force to evaluate all the ways in which county departments help the invaders, and how funding for those programs could be affected by changes at the federal level.
It also asked the task force to look at the county’s authority to prevent federal immigration enforcement at courts, schools, and hospitals.
Fellow Supervisor Janice Hahn was quoted by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune newspaper as saying that she was “horrified by the idea that residents who shared personal information when enrolling in the DACA program might be deported using that same data.”
Hahn vowed to fight that possibility even “if we have to build a wall around Los Angeles County to protect them.”
Nearly half of the county’s three million immigrant residents are citizens, Solis said. The balance includes legal permanent residents, “refugees” granted asylum, invaders granted temporary relief under DACA, and other illegals.
Trump has threatened to rollback DACA, which gives children brought to the United States before the age of 16 the ability to apply for work permits and live without the threat of deportation.
Obama took executive action to expand DACA and implement a similar program for parents, called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. Those moves have been blocked by lawsuits that went as far as the U.S. Supreme Court, where a 4-4 vote in June sent the matter back to the lower court. Trump has promised to terminate both programs.