“Los Angeles has always welcomed people from all over the world, especially those needing refuge from extreme violence and harrowing persecution. This has been particularly true for our neighbors in parts of Central America — which is why serious concerns are raised by recent Reuters reports that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is planning a series of raids to deport women and children. After fleeing some of the most frightening circumstances imaginable, these refugees and asylum-seekers should not be the targets of ICE raids that are disruptive and instill fear in our local schools, workplace, and places of worship. The Administration should continue its policy of focusing on removing criminals and national security risks ­— not wasting precious resources on deporting those who are only looking to survive — and for the opportunity to build new lives for their families in a safe and secure environment.” – Mayor Eric Garcetti