For Immediate Release
March 6, 2018
Los Angeles, CA — Former Speaker of the State Assembly and 41st Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa responds to news that the Donald Trump Administration has filed a lawsuit against California.
Said Mayor Villaraigosa:
“This lawsuit is not about public safety; it is simply more divisive politics from Donald Trump.
“In 1979, Los Angeles Police Chief Darryl Gates issued Special Order 40, which prohibited police officers from initiating contact with anyone solely for the purpose of inquiring about their legal status or arresting anyone for violation of federal immigration law.
“Special Order 40 made it possible for every Los Angeles resident to cooperate with the police regardless of their immigration status.
“Under my tenure as Mayor of Los Angeles, violent crime and gang crime went down by nearly 50 percent – with Special Order 40 in effect.
“Encouraging every resident, regardless of their immigration status, to report crimes, to agree to be witnesses and cooperate with local law enforcement is a cornerstone of our public safety strategy, and we must fight to protect these policies that are now under attack from Donald Trump.”