President Donald Trump’s immigration policies prompted the beginning of cities and counties across the US declaring themselves as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants, who fear Immigration Customs and Enforcement officials.
Malibu is the latest city to join the sanctuary list, which is already made up of an estimated 400 cities, counties and other jurisdictions,
according to the Los Angeles Times.
People fought against Malibu getting its new title out of fear that it would cost the city $46,000 in federal funding under the Trump administration.
council members insisted that the decision wasn’t meant to protect them. Instead
it was aimed towards the estimated 80 children who are undocumented or have
parents without proper documentation, according to ABC 7.
There were residents who understood the importance of declaring Malibu a sanctuary.
A resident wrote in a letter:
“Our city depends on a Hispanic population to support our comfortable lifestyle. Do we not owe them what comfort and protections that are possible in these challenging times?”
When it comes to the Boyle Heights reference, mayor pro tem Skylar Peak called it embarrassing.
“To make a derogatory comment about that place is very childish and inappropriate," he said. "I’m embarrassed by that.”
Boyle Heights had a population of 99,000 in 2008, from which there were 94% Latinx, according to the LA Times.
“We have a lot of immigrants who work in Malibu,” Peak continued. “It’s probably the majority of the employees here.”
The sign has since been taken down and the LA County Sherriff’s Department is investigating.
an artist named Sabo told The Hollywood Reporter his friends were behind the