City Halls’ ties to donors of anti-immigrant politicians contradict election-season pandering

Immigrant communities have made great contributions to Los Angeles and continue to do so.Emanuel is proud to be the son of immigrant parents from Mexico and El Salvador, who came to L.A. so his sister and he could live out their dreams.

Through the kindness of immigrant friends, Emanuel, his mother, and his sister had somewhere to live when times got tough. It’s because of the immigrant community in Los Angeles that Emanuel is who he is today.

Our immigrant communities, like many groups in this city, look to our elected officials for help to realize their dreams. Our elected officials’ pandering to the immigrant community during election season is sickening: they habitually ignore these communities until it’s time to gather votes.

Our politicians are tourists in the immigrant community. They visit us during election season – try to bribe us with sweet bread and mariachis – then sell us out when it’s convenient for them. We voted for our current crop of politicians with expectations for them to serve with integrity, and look what we’ve gotten. We’re on the brink of bankruptcy, our neighborhoods lag behind, and we’re forgotten in favor of celebrities and developers.

The immigrant community is smarter than that and its vote is not for sale.We don’t need another politician who says one thing and does another. We don’t need someone who champions the plight of the poor during campaign season, then spends their time rolling out the red carpet for developers who force thousands of Latinos out of their homes in Hollywood and East Hollywood. That’s what Councilmember Garcetti calls “progress” in his district.

Los Angeles doesn’t need a politician beholden to groups that oppose immigrant interests. Councilmember Garcetti publicly supported a boycott of Arizona after the state passed the most restrictive immigration laws in the country, but he is more than happy to accept money from donors of anti-immigrant politicians.

Here’s a list of the type of people Councilmember Garcetti accepted money from:

  • Jack Selby, a vocal supporter of John McCain, John Boehner, who lead the opposition to immigration reform
  • James Harrison, a contractor who supports Republican candidates who advocate for building a border fence and arming minuteman vigilantes to patrol our border
  • Michael Meldman, a developer who supports Ben Quayle, a Republican who ran a campaign in Arizona that called Barack Obama “the worst President in history” and supported legislation that would prevent immigrant children born in the U.S. from getting citizenship

One might think that Councilmember Garcetti would live up to his promise to boycott Arizona’s anti-immigrant policies by returning all donations from donors of anti-immigrant supporters.

To learn more about Emanuel’s life and experience, visit and to learn about his vision for Los Angeles, visit

Blog written by staff for the Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor 2013 campaign.

Emanuel Alberto Pleitez is a progressive Los Angeles native, he’s committed to uniting, serving, and inspiring his community. Son of Mexican and Salvadoran immigrants, and experienced in the private and public sector, he hopes to re-energize Los Angeles with a grassroots campaign the likes of which the city has never seen before.

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