A little over two months ago, the Los Angeles City Council voted to officially become a “Sanctuary City” in the “Sanctuary State” of California. Now, L.A. Mayor Karen Bass (D) is saying that illegal aliens aren’t invited to the City of Angeles — in stark contrast to her prior statements.
Bass’ newfound opposition comes after Texas Governor Greg Abbott has spent months busing illegal immigrants to L.A.
“L.A. has not extended an invitation asking for people to come,” Bass told Fox L.A. anchor Marla Tellez. “This is a political act.”
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Earlier this week, @MayorOfLA told me "LA has not extended an invitation asking for people to come. This is a political act"
— MarlaTellez (@MarlaTellez) August 26, 2023
At first, Bass was receptive to the newcomers and her Democratic colleagues rallied to prove Abbott wrong; L.A. would welcome these migrants, contrary to the Texas governor’s gambit, they argued.
“Los Angeles is not a city motivated by hate or fear and we absolutely will not be swayed or moved by petty politicians playing with human lives,” Bass said in June. “We are a city that seeks to treat all people with dignity and compassion and we will continue to work closely with non-profit organizations, including the L.A. Welcomes Collective, as well as with our County, State and Federal partners.”
LA Councilmember Eunisses Hernandez even said point blank that Abbott’s actions were the motivating factor behind fighting for sanctuary status and one that welcomes all people.
“These dangerous actions from far-right, weak-minded politicians who rely on stunts instead of actual leadership are exactly why we’re fighting to make L.A. a sanctuary city,” Hernandez said. “L.A. was built by immigrants and it thrives because of immigrants. We will continue to be a place that values and dignifies all human life, no matter who they are or where they come from.”
LA was built by immigrants and it thrives because of immigrants. We will continue to be a place that values and dignifies all human life, no matter who they are or where they come from. LA is for all.
— Eunisses Hernandez (@EunissesH) June 15, 2023
That sounds like a pretty open-ended invite.
On June 9, the LA Council officially passed an ordinance granting Hernandez’s request. Now, all they’re waiting on to officially become a sanctuary is effectively some paperwork.
It seems Bass better put the kibosh on that, or she can expect a lot more illegal aliens to arrive — or she can join the GOP and pressure federally-elected Democrats to finally secure the border. The choice is hers.
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