LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles County officials voted by a narrow margin Tuesday to throw their support behind President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to file a brief in a Texas federal court in support of the President’s actions.
Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Don Knabe dissented, with Antonovich raising concerns about creating an “unfunded mandate” to provide benefits to people living in the country illegally.
“There ought to be a work permit system that allows people to come to work … but not to have them entitled to all of the social benefits because those costs are borne by the entire city, county, educational institutions, and these are unfunded mandates that the state does not have the resources to continue to provide,” Antonovich said.
As a result of the vote, L.A. County officially joins a legal effort to appeal a Feb. 16 decision by a federal judge in Texas that delayed the scheduled implementation of the Immigration Executive Action, according to Supervisor Hilda Solis, who co-authored the motion with Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Solis took to Twitter to celebrate the vote.
The brief will be filed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals by the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, along with 33 cities – including Los Angeles – from across the nation.
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