L.A. Mayor โ€˜Not Scared At Allโ€™ of Being Arrested for Sanctuary City Status

Tamara Attia rallies in support of immigrant rights in Los Angeles on Feb. 18, 2017. (Ronen Tivony/Sipa via AP Images)

WASHINGTON โ€“ Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he is โ€œnot scared at allโ€ about the Department of Justice considering charges against local officials in sanctuary cities, calling it a โ€œweak and pathetic move.โ€

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recently told a Senate committee hearing that DOJ is โ€œreviewing what avenues might be availableโ€ to charge local officials who do not fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

โ€œThe context of this is, of course, not only putting my [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] officers at risk, but also finding an efficient and effective way to enforce our immigration laws,โ€ she said.

During an interview with Fox News, Acting ICE Director Tom Homan recently said, โ€œWeโ€™ve got to take [sanctuary cities] to court, and weโ€™ve got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes.โ€

PJM asked Garcetti if he is worried about potentially facing federal charges.

โ€œNot at all. I think itโ€™s a political circus. I think itโ€™s about stirring up, you know, blowing a dog whistle โ€“ not about anything real. Thereโ€™s not a single document weโ€™ve ever cut back, and they know that. Thereโ€™s not a single city in America that has done that, so it was kind of a weak and pathetic move and Iโ€™m not scared at all,โ€ Garcetti told PJM during an interview at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting recently.

Garcetti was referring to DOJ requesting records from Los Angeles and other cities pertaining to their compliance with federal immigration law.