Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced earlier this week that he had been working with Health and Human Services to have immigrant children relocated to L.A., arguing that it was an appropriate place for the kids because many of their parents probably already lived in the area.
In a forum hosted by Politico Tuesday, Garcetti defended his decision to offer the city as a shelter for unaccompanied immigrant minors who had crossed over the Texas border illegally.
"Before you get partisan, before you tell me where you are on immigration—these are children," said Garcetti. "As a father, who are we as Americans if we don't step forward first and say, these kids who are isolated, alone … let's get them someplace safe and secure.”
Garcetti explained that he had been working closely with HHS, who would pay for the temporary housing facilities and legal representation for the children, while local nonprofits would be expected to find more permanent homes for them.
Garcetti insisted that the city was an appropriate destination for the children while their legal situations were resolved because many of their parents likely already resided in the Los Angeles area.
Spokeswoman Vicki Curry clarified that the city was to act as a facilitator rather than a direct provider of services, connecting HHS with nonprofits who would provide for the needs of the immigrants.
Though the mayor offered few specifics about the number of children, one of the local nonprofit leaders told TruthRevolt Thursday that they expected 3,000 children to arrive in the L.A. area by next week.