LA City Councilmembers Join Human Rights Organizations to Aid Asylum Seekers at U.S. Border

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Curren Price and Mitch O’Farrell traveled to Tijuana during Presidents’ Day weekend on a mission to provide food, medical supplies and legal assistance to immigrants seeking asylum at the United States border with Mexico. The Councilmembers were joined by a number of human rights organizations that included the Salvadoran American Leadership & Educational Fund (SALEF), Clínica Msr. Oscar A. Romero, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA), St. John's Well Child and Family Center and the National Lawyers Guild.

The delegation extended humanitarian aid, including mobile health units, legal services outreach, hot meals and other donations, to asylum seekers and refugees from Feb. 16-18. Among the places they visited were a Haitian Church and an LGBT shelter. The partner organizations also provided breakfast and supplies for asylum seekers living on the streets and in shelters while they await being processed with U.S Customs and Border Patrol.

“Today, immigrants are suffering unimaginable injustices and indignities,” said Councilmember Price. “These times we’re living in are quite disturbing and in contrast to our ideals and values.

People’s lives are on the line, and this is not the time to do nothing. Inaction is acceptable. Inaction is complicity. Inaction is inhumane.”

Recently, Councilmembers Price and O’Farrell introduced a motion directing $175,000 to Casa Libre, a youth shelter in Los Angeles that works directly with asylum seekers.

“What is happening at the border is not a national security emergency despite what Donald Trump claims. However, the president has caused a humanitarian crisis,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “Trump’s border policy is a violation of the Refugee Act of 1980. Women, children, and members of our LGBT community who have fled persecution from their own countries are being victimized again while they seek asylum hoping for a better life in our United States. I am in solidarity with the members of this delegation, demanding we follow our own laws while fighting for common human decency and compassion.”

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