Barger votes against sanctuary locations for immigrants

By Gina Ender

Last update: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Supervisor Kathryn Barger was the lone “no” vote on a Board of Supervisors 4-1 policy decision to make Los Angeles County buildings serve as “sensitive locations” for people in the country illegally.

Barger voted against it in light of fiscal concern, anticipating that Los Angeles County may lose federal funding for making these locations off limits to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, her office said.

She also voted against the establishment of a task force to develop an “immigrant protection and advancement strategy” in the county.

“Creating a task force and hiding illegal immigrants from federal enforcement only institutionalizes their illegal status and forces them further into the shadows,” Barger said in a statement.

The supervisor of the 5th district said these actions are counterproductive in helping immigrants gain citizenship or legal status.

“Rather than moving toward becoming a sanctuary state and county in violation of federal law, both the state and the county should be leading the effort to initiate congressional action to enact comprehensive immigration reform,” she said.

Sensitive locations will include municipal offices, courthouses, hospitals, schools and other county buildings.

County lawyers will report back to the supervisors in 45 days with the developed policy.

 

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Barger votes against sanctuary locations for immigrants

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger in a Signal Editorial Board meeting. Dan Watson/The Signal

Supervisor Kathryn Barger was the lone “no” vote on a Board of Supervisors 4-1 policy decision to make Los Angeles County buildings serve as “sensitive locations” for people in the country illegally.

Barger voted against it in light of fiscal concern, anticipating that Los Angeles County may lose federal funding for making these locations off limits to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, her office said.

She also voted against the establishment of a task force to develop an “immigrant protection and advancement strategy” in the county.

“Creating a task force and hiding illegal immigrants from federal enforcement only institutionalizes their illegal status and forces them further into the shadows,” Barger said in a statement.

The supervisor of the 5th district said these actions are counterproductive in helping immigrants gain citizenship or legal status.

“Rather than moving toward becoming a sanctuary state and county in violation of federal law, both the state and the county should be leading the effort to initiate congressional action to enact comprehensive immigration reform,” she said.

Sensitive locations will include municipal offices, courthouses, hospitals, schools and other county buildings.

County lawyers will report back to the supervisors in 45 days with the developed policy.

 

gender@signalscv.com
661-287-5525
On Twitter as @ginaender

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Gina Ender

Gina Ender

Gina Ender is a journalist covering city government and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in February 2017. You can contact Gina Ender at gender@signalscv.com, 661-287-5525 or follow her on Twitter at @ginaender.

  • Ron Bischof

    I find Supervisor Barger’s focus on the rule of law and immigration reform via legislation rational and refreshing in this state.

    The indulgent and ineffectual symbolism engaged in by many politicians and educators serves no useful purpose, especially so to those they purport to protect.

Gina Ender

Gina Ender

Gina Ender is a journalist covering city government and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in February 2017. You can contact Gina Ender at gender@signalscv.com, 661-287-5525 or follow her on Twitter at @ginaender.