Let Me Tell You About The Alex I Know
One of the central themes of my grassroots, underdog challenge to my predecessor was to remove ICE from the County jails. Our motivation was simple – we needed to improve community relations in immigrant communities where crime is high, and witnesses are reluctant to come forward. We also wanted the victims of domestic violence to feel comfortable reporting crime without fear that their families would become separated. There are excellent public safety benefits to maintaining trust with the local undocumented population. Like the vaccines against COVID-19, public safety requires support and partnership from a vast majority of the people, not just some. We cannot have a significant portion of our population afraid to report being victims of or witnesses to a crime. Criminals know many of the undocumented in Los Angeles fear being deported and separated from their families and target them, especially street vendors.