L.A. City Attorney Appeals Immigration Officials’ Decision to Deny Him Security Clearance to LAX Customs Areas

Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer is seen in an undated photo.(Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer is appealing a decision by federal immigration officials denying him access to parts of LAX controlled by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, his office announced Friday.

Feuer has been trying to access the secure customs area since President Trump issued his initial executive order blocking refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority nations. The city attorney drove to the airport Jan. 27 to look into claims that officers were detaining travelers who held proper visas and approved refugee applications. But federal agents turned him away.

A week later, Feuer, a vocal opponent of Trump’s so-called travel bans, sent a formal request to Customs and Border Protection for security clearance to enter all areas of LAX unescorted.

In a letter dated March 20, the CBP port director at LAX, Mitchell Merriam, denied that request — citing a federal code but not explaining how it applied to the city attorney.

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