L.A. officials plan to introduce a council motion Friday asking the government to provide more aid to help shelter the young immigrants as well as provide them with expanded legal support. The council members also oppose proposed changes to a 2008 anti-human trafficking law that would make it easier to deport unaccompanied minors who entered the country illegally.
At a news conference Thursday at MacArthur Park, long a gathering place for the city's large Central American immigrant population, Councilman
He was referring to the Riverside County city that garnered national headlines this summer when protesters turned away busloads of immigrant children and mothers who were being taken to a Border Patrol processing facility there.
While leaders in other cities and states have expressed dismay at the prospect of receiving immigrants in their communities, with many calling them a drain on resources, officials in Los Angeles have gone out of their way to broadcast the opposite message.
Last month, Mayor
Los Angeles is home to the largest concentration of Salvadorans, Guatemalans and Hondurans in the United States.
Cedillo, the son of Mexican immigrants whose district includes the MacArthur Park area, said the city's support for the arriving children is tied to its obligations to existing immigrant residents. "They are inextricably linked to their homelands," he said.
He and the motion's co-sponsors, council members
There are various proposals in
There is little likelihood that changes to the law will be made any time soon. Lawmakers in Congress have failed to reach an agreement on border spending bills that would have addressed the law, and are set to adjourn for the August break without action on the issue.