With Arleta, and our immigrant and community partners support, the City Council approved today our Interim Control Ordinance (ICO) language that immediately bans immigrant youth detention centers, holding facilities - aka children’s prisons – in the City of Los Angeles. The temporary ordinance went into effect today as soon as the 13-0 vote took place. And while it can be extended as much as two years, we expect our permanent ordinance ban to be ready in the next two or three months.
As the daughter of immigrants and as a mother, I am vehemently opposed to the separation of families and the jailing of undocumented children by the Federal Government.
And poorly run “discipline therapy” for-profit operations like VisionQuest, should be nowhere near immigrant children already traumatized by the federal government. The City of Los Angeles rejects the idea that they can make millions of dollars off of the pain, suffering and utter misery of children. We reject it entirely! Thank you to our partners at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Pueblo y Salud, Councilmembers Herb J. Wesson, Jr, Monica Rodriguez, Curren D. Price Jr and US Congressman Tony Cardenas.