City records show the Los Angeles Police Department has already granted special events permits for two immigrant rights marches downtown on Jan. 20. And organizers in Boyle Heights say they are applying for what would be a third anti-Trump march the same day. All three marches are scheduled to converge at around 1 p.m. in front of City Hall.
Over the past month, the Trump White House transition team has made a series of moves that hint strongly at a draconian turn for enforcement of federal immigration policy. Trump and his pick for secretary of DHS, retired Gen. John Kelly, have reportedly asked the Department of Homeland Security to provide preliminary assessments on construction of a border wall, resumption of a drone surveillance program at the border and expansion of holding capacity at immigration detention centers.
L.A. organizers say the marches are intended to push back against Trump’s hard-line proposals — which include cancelling Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, an executive order under President Obama that provides temporary legal status to hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth.
“The great fear is that that program would be cancelled, and that would immediately affect 750,000 of the applicants that have that work permits and more than a million of their relatives,” says Nativo Lopez, a senior adviser to Hermandad Mexicana Nacional and a march organizer.
The Trump team not only has expressed support for canceling DACA, it also has asked the Department of Homeland Security to vouch for the reliability of federal records on DACA recipients — a request the agency has interpreted as an inquiry into whether federal employees are protecting DACA recipients from deportation.
The California Latino Congreso is calling for an Inauguration Day rally at 1 p.m. at the corner of Broadway and Olympic Boulevard in downtown L.A. The Latino Congreso is an alliance of immigrant advocates and supporters including L.A. City Councilmembers Herb Wesson and Gilbert A. Cedillo. After the rally, supporters will march to City Hall.
By JASON MCGAHAN for LA WEEKLY
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