Los Angeles, CA – Former Los Angeles Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement on changes to The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) policies, which will drastically expand the number of immigrants subjected to immediate deportation.
“The last thing we should be doing is militarizing our immigration enforcement and terrorizing vulnerable people and communities,” Villaraigosa said. “Instead, we should focus on working with the immigrant community and implementing comprehensive reform.”
In a shift from the Obama administration, President Donald Trump will no longer prioritize enforcement efforts targeting those who commit serious crimes or who are a threat to national security. Instead, the new policies will target those who may have minor violations such as a speeding ticket or are simply suspected of such a violation.
“Millions of immigrants will now live in fear that any action, no matter how minor, will result in their deportation. We are already seeing immigrants who are more fearful of working with local law enforcement as that interaction could result in the break-up of their families. Just last week, a woman was targeted for deportation for reporting domestic abuse. Under the Trump administration’s actions, many more will worry that false charges will lead to their removal. This is a terrible thing to do to an already vulnerable population.
“I continue to stand with our immigrant community in the face of policies designed to provoke anxiety and fear – policies that will make immigrants more vulnerable and all of us less safe.”