‘Immigrants Are Not A Threat To America’: Garcetti Calls On Increased Federal Funding For States, Cities Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday in his daily coronavirus briefing that states and cities need increased financial support from the federal government to get through the crisis caused by the pandemic.

‘Immigrants Are Not A Threat To America’: Garcetti Calls On Increased Federal Funding For States, Cities Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday in his daily coronavirus briefing that states and cities need increased financial support from the federal government to get through the crisis caused by the pandemic.

“Investing in our cities is investing in America,” he said. “I don’t have to tell you if we cut services, cut hours and cut people what a destructive effect that would have on our local and national economy.”

Garcetti called on the federal government to support states and cities as they work to secure funds to support health care workers, the homeless and other vulnerable populations during the crisis.

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And while Garcetti said there was a glimmer of hope with politicians speaking in favor of sending money to states and cities to support their responses, he said there was still a need to get money to populations that have been excluded from other rounds of relief while addressing President Donald Trump’s partial suspension of immigration.

“I will never stop being loud about those that have been left behind, specifically our immigrant communities who still are excluded,” Garcetti said. “We need to make sure nobody is left behind, and when it comes to immigration, immigrants are not a threat to America, COVID-19 is.

“Let us not be distracted from what is at hand and let us make sure that everyone is included in our aid together,” he said.

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Staffers, Inmates Dead As COVID-19 Spreads At Terminal Island Correctional Facility

The Terminal Island Correctional Facility in San Pedro has mostly nonviolent prisoners - and the third-most COVID-19 cases in the country.

Staffers, Inmates Dead As COVID-19 Spreads At Terminal Island Correctional Facility

SAN PEDRO (CBSLA) – The Terminal Island Correctional Facility in San Pedro has mostly nonviolent prisoners – and the third-most COVID-19 cases in the country.

Now loved ones who don’t want to be identified say they’re worried.

So far, 57 inmates have tested positive for coronavirus at Terminal Island, a low-security prison with a population of around a thousand. Visiting has been suspended due to the pandemic.

Three staff members and two inmates have died from the virus.

“There’s more and more people falling ill to this and I feel like they’re setting him up for a death sentence for a nonviolent crime,” said one woman about her loved one housed at the facility.

She says her loved one has been there for five years for a nonviolent white collar financial crime. He has another 10 years to go, but as a model prisoner, he’s on a list for clemency since he’s over 60 with a heart condition.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has authorized the transfer of nonviolent inmates to home confinement beczuse of COVID-19. So far, Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, has been released, as well as celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti.

When asked about that, the woman said, “I think it’s who you know…for sure.”

Three staff members and two inmates have died from the virus at Terminal Island. (credit: CBS)

Another woman has a fiancee who is also at Terminal Island for bank robbery. He was scheduled to be released last month – 63 years old and a cancer survivor.

She says while she’s not looking for sympathy, she is looking for the same compassion others are showing during this crisis.

“People are pulling together to help each other, but they’re forgetting about these people in prison and these people in prison are humans too,” she said.

The Bureau of Prisons says they’ve taken steps to stop the spread of COVID-19, including issuing masks to inmates and staffs. They’re reviewing all inmates to determine which ones qualify for home confinement.

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