Sheriff Villanueva Hosts Monthly Media Briefing Event
Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s monthly media briefing took place on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at the Hall of Justice. He began by thanking representatives from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF), Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas (COFEM), and One Stop Immigration, for joining him at the conference.
The Sheriff began the conference by reminding everyone that one of his campaign promises was to remove Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from County jails, and he has followed through. Last year, ICE transfers were lowered by 52% and serious crime decreased by 7%. “These numbers show that SB-54 and similar laws have not led to an increase in violent crime,” said the Sheriff.
Recently, the White House announced the deployment of SWAT-style agents to sanctuary cities like Los Angeles to enforce immigration laws. Sheriff Villanueva stated that such a move was unnecessary and it would only drive an already vulnerable population deeper into the shadows. He reiterated that, “As Sheriff of Los Angeles County, I’m responsible for everyone’s public safety, regardless of immigration status.”
Before closing the event, Sheriff Villanueva reminded everyone about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census and clarified that the census itself is not related to immigration enforcement. Again, he thanked the advocacy groups for reaching and educating all members of the community so that they can be counted. Every person in the United States must be counted regardless of their status.
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Alex Villanueva, Sheriff
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