Citing Trump, L.A. Council Members Announce Plan to Protect Immigrant Street Vendors

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A proposal to decriminalize sidewalk vending in Los Angeles is scheduled to be taken up next month, prompted by concerns that people who are in the country illegally and convicted of misdemeanors for street peddling could be deported when Donald Trump assumes the presidency.

The plan, which has been in the works for more than a year, would remove criminal penalties for vending. In addition, the proposal would make it so that vendors seeking a permit would no longer be asked about their immigration or citizenship status.

Council members Curren Price and Joe Buscaino announced the proposed policy, stating that a Dec. 12 public hearing on the issues is scheduled at City Hall.

The plans needs approval from the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee before it’s considered by the City Council.

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