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These Mayors Sticking Up For The Immigrants In Their Cities Will Bring You To Tears

We’re just a little over one week out from Election Day and there is growing opposition to President-elect Donald Trump and his plans to deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants immediately. Trump has even promised to cut federal funding to cities that continue their sanctuary city status and policies. But sanctuary cities across the country are standing up for their undocumented residents and defying Trump’s plans.

So, what’s a sanctuary city?

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A sanctuary city is a city that has procedures to limit local law enforcement and government officials from aiding Immigration and Customs Enforcement from detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants. Here are some cities that are standing up for their undocumented resident.

Los Angeles Police Department came out strong vowing to protect undocumented immigrants.


LAPD Chief Charlie Beck made it clear that the job of LAPD is not tied to helping with federal detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti doesn’t use the term sanctuary city – but stands by the undocumented community of LA.

“We cooperate all the time with federal immigration officials when there are criminals that are in our midst and need to be deported,” Garcetti told immigrant rights advocates during a meeting, according to the LA Times. “With that said, we’re a very welcoming city, where our law enforcement officers and LAPD don’t go around asking people for their papers, nor should they.”

Chicago’s mayor has also voiced his commitment to protect undocumented immigrants in the Midwest city.


“To all those who are, after Tuesday’s election, very nervous and filled with anxiety, you are safe in Chicago, you are secure in Chicago and you are supported in Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a news conference, according to NPR. “Chicago has in the past been a sanctuary city. It always will be a sanctuary city.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is going to protect undocumented immigrants by withholding information obtained by the IDNYC program.


IDNYC was launched in 2015 to offer New York City residents government issued IDs, regardless of immigration status, to help them get access to services that require IDs. Trump’s victory on Nov. 8 has prompted de Blasio to hint at a possible move by New York City to delete all the information on the IDNYC database.

“So on something like [the database], I think because it touches that button directly of whether people’s personal privacy is going to be respected, I think that’s one where there would be a real fight,” Mayor de Blasio said during a press conference, according to CNN. “As you know there’s been an ongoing plan regardless of any electoral activity how long records are kept. Given this new reality we’re certainly going to assess how we should handle it.”

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee took to Twitter proclaiming that San Francisco will always be a sanctuary city.


“Let us come together to show the nation and the world what we have always known, anything is possible when we are united for the common good,” Mayor Lee said in a statement, according to NBC Bay Area.

Seattle’s Mayor, Ed Murray, had some strong language to go against Trump’s threats of mass deportation.


“These are our neighbors, and we will continue to support our neighbors,” Murray told Seattle residents during a press conference, according to The Seattle Times. “We can’t allow ourselves to be divided and sorted out. That’s not America.”

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, the son of Guatemalan immigrants, joined his New England neighbors to stand against the threats of mass deportation.


Providence, Rhode Island is not officially designated as a sanctuary city, but the mayor has vowed to protect undocumented immigrants who called Providence home. Providence does work with federal enforcement officials when undocumented immigrants charged with a crime but not for “simple civil infractions,” according to The Providence Journal.

“I’ve been in touch with both mayors [of New York City and Los Angeles] and I’ve told them that we’re going to stand together on this,” Elorza told The Providence Journal. “We’re not going to sacrifice any of our people and we’re going to continue with the policy we’ve always had.”

The host city of the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia.


Earlier this year, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney restored the city’s status as a sanctuary city. The decision effectively barring law enforcement officers and prison officials from disclosing undocumented immigrants to federal immigration agents.

“First of all, we’ve changed the name from ‘sanctuary city’ to ‘the Fourth Amendment city,'” Mayor Kenney told Philly.com. “We respect and live up to the Fourth Amendment, which means you can’t be held against your will without a warrant from the court signed by a judge. So, yeah, we will continue to be a Fourth Amendment city abiding by the Constitution.”

“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, and we’ll see how it goes and we’ll try to figure something out,” Mayor Kenney added when asked about the threat of losing federal funding.

The nation’s capitol is even pledging their commitment to protect undocumented immigrants from being forcibly deported.


“The values, laws, and policies of Washington, DC did not change on Election Day. We celebrate diversity and respect all DC residents no matter their immigration status,” Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote in a post-election statement. “We are a sanctuary city because we know that our neighborhoods are safer and stronger when no one is afraid to call on our government for help, and when our police can focus protecting and serving.”

Just next door to New York City, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is standing with undocumented immigrants of New Jersey.


Newark, New Jersey has a similar set of policies in place to protect undocumented citizens like New York City and Los Angeles. The city will not detain undocumented immigrants without a judge’s request and Mayor Baraka doesn’t seem to be wanting to change those policies.

“We are not going to sacrifice thousands of people who live among us, who are part of our community, and who contribute to the economy and vitality of Newark,” Mayor Baraka said in a statement. “We are not going to tear families apart.”

Portland, Oregon’s new mayor-elect, Ted Wheeler, is already making big announcements by promising to protect Portland’s sanctuary city status.


“Portland is a city that values inclusion, diversity, and has been welcoming to thousands of people from around the world who now proudly call the Rose City home,” Wheeler told Willamette Weekly. “We will always see ourselves as a sanctuary city, and we will continue to be welcoming to everyone. President-Elect Donald Trump will be the president of all of America, and that requires an understanding of the values that drive Portland and other cities. These are our values.”

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Mayor Betsy Hodges released a statement via Facebook to comfort all minorities who feel threatened by a Trump presidency.

To those who awoke afraid and more vulnerable to a President who has pledged to attack you: I stand with you, your city…

Posted by Betsy Hodges on Wednesday, November 9, 2016


“That is not an invitation to naiveté. People’s lives, livelihoods, safety, and well-being are at stake,” Mayor Hodges wrote on Facebook. “We must continue, as always, to take a stand against what is coming, to fight for and with people against the meanness that is upon us. We must continue, as always, to stand for what is best in us as people – helping rather than hindering, inclusion rather than division.”

To all these mayors standing up for the residents in their cities…

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We applaude you ?.


READ: Austin Just Might Become The First Sanctuary City In Texas

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Los Angeles Made History After Nury Martinez Became The First Latina City Council President

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Los Angeles Made History After Nury Martinez Became The First Latina City Council President

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There was some history made this past Tuesday as Nury Martinez was unanimously elected as the first Latina president in the 110-year history of the Los Angeles City Council. With a unanimous 14-0 vote, albeit Councilman Gil Cedillo was absent, the council chose to put Martinez at the head of one of the most important positions in the city. 

With the historic vote, the San Fernando Valley Councilwoman will be succeeding outgoing Council President Herb Wesson, the first African-American to head the council. Martinez will become just the second woman ever elected to serve as LA city council president. Before Martinez, Councilwoman Pat Russell was the first and only woman elected back in 1983. 

As the daughter of Mexican immigrants, who worked as a dishwasher and a factory worker, Martinez took time to credit and thank them during a speech on Tuesday.

Her humble beginnings growing up in Pacoima, a predominantly Latino working-class community in the San Fernando Valley, taught her the importance of hard work. Martinez saw her mom and dad work tirelessly for her family so she could have a chance at success one day. That day came on Tuesday. 

“As the daughter of immigrants, as a daughter of a dishwasher and factory worker, it is incredibly, incredibly personal for me to ensure that children and families in this city become a priority for all of us, to ensure our children have a safe way to walk home every day … to ensure that our families feel safe,” Martinez said on Tuesday. “And first and foremost, to ensure that children living in motels, children that are facing homelessness, finally become a priority of our city, to ensure that we … find them permanent housing for them to grow up.”

Martinez is the product of public schools and became the first in her family to graduate from college. She began her career serving her own community as part of the City of San Fernando Council from 2003-2009 then followed that as a member of the L.A. Unified School Board from 2009-2013. 

It was her upset victory in 2013 beating out well-known Democrat Cindy Montañez, a former state assemblywoman, for a seat on the city council that put her on the LA political map. Despite trailing 19 points after the primary city election, Martinez would win in the general election by 969 votes. 

“To think, six years ago, I wasn’t even supposed to be here. I worked so hard and I was able to turn it around,” Martinez told the LA Times. “It’s not only an honor, but I really and truly feel blessed. And I just want to make everyone proud.”

Martinez has previously taken on issues like ending homelessness, installing rent control laws and supporting low-income families. She hopes to continue fighting for this and similar issues as president of the city council. 

As part of the city council, Martinez worked on behalf of the many families in the San Fernando Valley taking on issues like housing projects, rent control, and paid family leave. These issues will continue to be part of her agenda as president of the city council as well as advocating for children and families. 

“It’s monumental. She looks like the face of L.A. and she’s been elected to the highest position possible,” Jaime Regalado, professor emeritus with California State University, Los Angeles, told LAist.  “Usually people consider city council president to be a stepping stone to elsewhere — and we’ll see what the future holds.”

The significant moment wasn’t lost on many who congratulated Martinez for this historic stepping stone for Latinas everywhere. 

Another trailblazer, Gloria Molina, who was first Latina ever elected to the City Council, told the LA Times that Martinez has an incredible opportunity in front of her to bring real change and representation to the position. 

“She has a real opportunity to bring so much change,” Molina said. “She has an opportunity to create a balance. Martinez’s election is “a very significant accomplishment, not just as a Latina but as a woman. It’s still a men’s game there.”

As the council vote was officially confirmed and the motion to elect Martinez passed, there was a loud eruption of applause from those in the council chamber. The significance of the moment wasn’t lost on Martinez who said that she will use the opportunity to highlight the best that Latinos can offer. 

“I think it’s important to continue to show the rest of the country what this community is made of,” she said. “The Latinos are ready to lead and we’re very grateful to be part of this wonderful country called America.”

READ: Julian Castro Says Kamala Harris Dropped Out Because Of An Unfair Media That Covers People Of Color Differently

Kamala Harris’s Hilarious Clap-Back Tweet to Trump’s Sarcastic Dig Has Gone Viral

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Kamala Harris’s Hilarious Clap-Back Tweet to Trump’s Sarcastic Dig Has Gone Viral

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P1: Kamala Harris may be out of the race, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to stay quiet. On Tuesday, the former Democratic Presidential Nominee clapped back on Instagram to a tweet Trump had aimed at her. The tough-as-nails former prosecutor has never been one to mince words when it comes to confronting bullies and haters. Who could forget that epic showdown she had with the snarky college student who asked her about gun control? But this time, Harris’s wrath is aimed at a more powerful for: the president. 

After announcing the suspension of her 2020 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, Trump took to Twitter to lob a gloating comments Harris’s way. “Too bad,” he said. “We will miss you Kamala!”. Harris, for her part, wasted no time showing the president who’s boss. “Don’t worry, Mr. President,” she replied. “I’ll see you at your trial.”

Naturally, the internet exploded in glee over Harris’s quick-witted response.

As of Thursday, Harris’s viral tweet has racked up over 186,000 retweets, 44,000 comments and a whopping one million likes. Supporters and fans alike commented on her post with compliments like:”Best tweet ever” and “Omg the shade”. So, although many are disappointed that the once-front runner nominee of the Democratic primary will no longer be on the ballot, many are at least comforted by knowing that she has retained her trademark sense of humor

What’s not a laughing matter, however, is the trial that Harris was referring to. After Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi confirmed that the the House had “no choice” but to move forward with articles of impeachment, the House Judiciary Committee announced that its next impeachment hearing will be on December 9th. This comes after the The House Judiciary Committee released a 300-page report that detailed the relationship between Trump and Ukraine. So, as of now, Trump is on track to be the third president in the history of the United States to be impeached. 

The House has concluded that Trump, in the words of Pelosi, has “abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security by withholding military aid and a crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival”. The political rival was Vice President Joe Biden, whom Trump viewed as a threat to his upcoming presidential campaign. 

Although Harris’s clap-back was funny, her withdrawal is still a loss for the presidential nominee pool that now falls woefully short on candidates of color. 

Harris, with her stellar resume, has long been a shining star in the Democratic Party. Not only was she both the first African-American and first woman to serve as California’s Attorney General, but she was also first South Asian-American and second African-American woman to serve in the Senate in US history. In other words: she is well-qualified to take on any job she tackles.

Both presidential candidates Cory Booker and Julian Castro blame the Democratic National Committee for not throwing their support behind candidates of color in the same way they do with white candidates. As of now, the DNC’s lineup of debate participants (and therefore more publicity), are all white: Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders. “What message is that sending, that we heralded the most diverse field in our history, and now we’re seeing people like her dropping out of this campaign?” Booker told Politico. “Voters did not determine her destiny.” 

As for now, it’s nice to get some comfort from Harris’s unparalled talent at confronting bullies.

When Americans are forced to deal with realities as depressing as the 2020 campaign, you can’t blame them from grasping onto what little entertainment is presented to them.

This Twitter user thinks that Harris’s comeback was step above the usual “shade” throwing.

We’ll remember this description for later. 

This person believes that Harris should win an award for her clap-back.

We would love to be able to hand her a medal for this shade. 

This person kindly pointed out whose tweet had the more likes and retweets–despite Trump having 67 million followers compared to Harris’s 3 million followers.

You might even venture to think that Harris’s followers are more passionate than Trump’s. Hmm…

This man is a man of few words, but we concur with his sentiment

As always, we stan a queen. And Kamala Harris is definitely one of them. We’re pretty sure she’ll continue to serve the American people for a long time to come.