Los Angeles mayor reassures undocumented immigrants of protections in state of the city address

In Los Angeles, high-ranking Filipinos in the community were among those that gathered at the City Hall to hear the Mayor’s State of City address. The country’s second largest city reiterated its commitment to help undocumented immigrants.

In America’s second largest city, all eyes and ears were on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, as he delivered the annual address.

The recently re-elected mayor spoke about some of the city’s initiatives, and gave a glimpse on the budget, while touting the city’s progress on programs such as free college tuition, an increase in affordable housing,  improved infrastructure, and an entertainment industry that is bouncing back after some losses.

“We are here to lift up those that feel most vulnerable. We are here to make life a little bit easier for those raising families,” Garcetti said. “We are here in this place where our mountains meet our sea, to do the good that people… teach us every day, to lead with love and patience and persistence, and trust — and to do it together.”

But the biggest applause came when the mayor tackled the issue of undocumented immigrants.

LA is believed to be home to one of the largest populations of people living in the country illegally.

“When we build trust with the police department and our people, everyone feels safer, especially immigrant Angelenos, who might be feeling anxious right now,” he said. “That’s why I want you all to hear once again loud and clear that LAPD will never act as a federal immigration force.”

It was one of several instances in where Garcetti distanced his stance from the Trump administration’s policies and possible moves.

He also emphasized that if President Trump does away with climate change initiatives, the City of Angels will have its own version.

“We’re not deterred about what we’re hearing out of Washington, and let me be crystal clear, if the White House pulls out of the Paris Climate Accords… we’re going to adopt them right here in Los Angeles.”

Close to 400,000 Filipinos live in Los Angeles County, with many of them living and working with in LA City limits.

Since Garcetti’s term, several Filipinos have also flourished in their roles at city hall, including Public Works Commissioner Joel Jacinto, disabilities commissioner Theresa de Vera, and the mayor’s recently appointed Deputy Director Jessica Caloza were among the high ranking Fil-Ams at the address.

Four years ago Mayor Garcetti ran on a fundamental of going back to basics, and now after showing off the progress since, he’s now setting his sites to go beyond the basics in his second term.

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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    29 April 2017 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    It is no rocket science to figure out that politicians are protecting undocumented immigrants because they are the constituents why they got into office…