LA County limits immigration agents' access to offices
Oct. 17, 2017
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County officials have voted to limit the ability of immigration agents to carry out arrests for deportation on county properties.
The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to designate county properties as "sensitive locations" for immigration purposes.
Under the policy, immigration agents would need a judicial warrant to enter non-public areas of Los Angeles County buildings including hospitals and county offices.
Jails would not be affected.
Supervisor Hilda Solis says the county wants to distinguish itself from federal agents so immigrants aren't afraid to seek food assistance or health care.
The move comes as immigrant-friendly states, counties and cities push back against President Donald Trump's efforts to boost immigration enforcement.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the agency generally avoids making arrests in sensitive locations such as schools and hospitals.