Mayor Garcetti Says CBP Is Complying With Stay, Unknown Number Still Detained At LAX
Protesters are out at LAX (and across the country) for a second day calling to end the Trump administration's temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
The protesters got something of a reprieve on Saturday night when Federal District Judge Ann M. Donnelly blocked a portion of Friday's executive order. However, an unknown number of individuals are still detained at LAX.
"The judge’s ruling blocked part of the president’s actions, preventing the government from deporting some arrivals who found themselves ensnared by the presidential order," reports The New York Times. "But it stopped short of letting them into the country or issuing a broader ruling on the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s actions."
On Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti held a press conference at LAX's Clinton Moore Administrative Building as a show of support.
"We embrace the democratic right of people to exercise their patriotic duty: to come and to speak up and speak out," Garcetti began in front of the Clinton A. Moore Administrative Building. "We are here today because we are all Americans. ...We are here today, also, as Angelenos - a city that maybe best embodies those American values. ...Here, in Los Angeles, which has always been a city of second chances, where we have more torture survivors, more refugees and asylum-seekers, perhaps, than anywhere in this country."
"I spent some time this morning meeting with our federal law enforcement officials from Customs and Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security," Garcetti later continued. "They have assured me [Judge Donnelly's ruling] is also the policy they are enacting here in Los Angeles. They are interpreting that the court's decisions that we have seen in Washington and New York and Boston apply here in Los Angeles. This is good news."
In a January 29 press release, the Department of Homeland Security addressed its position on enforcing Trump's executive order and the judicial mitigation.
"The Department of Homeland Security will continue to enforce all of President Trump’s Executive Orders in a manner that ensures the safety and security of the American people," the release states. "President Trump’s Executive Orders remain in place—prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety. ...The Department of Homeland Security will comply with judicial orders; faithfully enforce our immigration laws, and implement President Trump’s Executive Orders to ensure that those entering the United States do not pose a threat to our country or the American people."
"No ban, no wall! You build it, we'll tear it down!" protesters apart from Garcetti's press event chanted outside the Tom Bradley terminal.
"We will meet this moment with action," the Mayor continued. "We will do what we need to do to respond as Los Angeles always does: with compassion, with strength, and with grace. There are somethings we are doing now, and will keep do so long as this situation continues. One, there are some incredibly generous attorneys...here to give assistance to folks that are caught in this web. I've directed my team to do everything possible to support those efforts, to work closely with our partners in the legal profession and advocacy community to challenge these executive orders in court, and also to ensure that the stay is being enforced here.
"Second, there are concerned families out there, and I want you to know we feel what you are going through," Garcetti said, before adding that refugees and immigrants alike were being currently processed in accordance with the court order.
"Here in Los Angeles, we are a constitutional city, and here in America we are a constitutional land," Garcetti said to reassure those at LAX and all listening. "...This is one of those moments, my fellow Americans, and fellow Angelenos, where history will ask us: 'did you stand up?' Because we are here together, Los Angeles will be able to say: 'Yes. We did.'"