San Francisco’s first black female mayor, London Breed, was sworn in on Wednesday and issued a powerful message to President Donald Trump during her swearing-in speech.
Breed took aim at the Trump administration’s policy of detaining the children of immigrants and asylum seekers, saying: “We are going to tell the president that here in San Francisco we don’t put children in cages, we put them in the classrooms.”
At her swearing-in ceremony, new San Francisco Mayor London Breed, a strong advocate of the city's sanctuary policies, says she has a message for Pres. Trump: "In San Francisco we don't put children in cages, we put them in the classrooms" https://t.co/3OTGkRDCb0 pic.twitter.com/OuVcRouCOD
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 12, 2018
Breed was sworn in by California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (D).
The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy, which was enacted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April, has resulted in thousands of migrant children being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border.
Last month, San Diego U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the administration to reunite children under five with their families within 14 days. That deadline has passed. Hundreds of kids, many under the age of five, remain in government detention facilities. Sabraw gave a 30-day time frame for older children, but that time too has come and gone.
Numerous reports from a litany of news outlets showed immigrant children being held in cage-like enclosures inside government detention facilities across the country. Lawmakers have regularly been denied access by the Department of Homeland Security.
Twitter offered its congratulations to the new mayor and its support for her jab at the president.
Thank You and Congratulations!
— Marian Cruz (@mariancruz905) July 12, 2018
CONGRATULATIONS, London Breed!!! So extraordinarily PROUD of, and for You!! Bravo!!
— delroy lindo (@authenticdelroy) July 12, 2018
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) July 12, 2018
Someone even shot down a troll who tried to claim that in no U.S. city are “citizen children” locked in cages.
“We only torture children who weren’t born here,” one follower of Breed wrote.
You're right. We only torture children who weren't born here.
Which I guess is an important distinction to some people.
— 𝔻𝕒𝕟𝕪𝕖𝕝𝕝 𝕋𝕙𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕖𝕥 ☀️ (@PersonalGenius) July 12, 2018
California freshman Senator Kamala Harris (D) said Breed represents “the best of who we are as a city, county, state, and country.”
Congratulations to my dear friend London Breed on being sworn in as Mayor of San Francisco. You have always represented the best of who we are as a city, county, state, and country. What a happy, historic moment!
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) July 11, 2018
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also weighed in, saying Breed upholds “the values that are held so closely by our SF community: equality, inclusivity & justice.”
Wishing the very best to San Francisco’s @LondonBreed as she historically becomes the first Black woman to serve as Mayor of our great city. We look forward to watching as she advances the values that are held so closely by our SF community: equality, inclusivity & justice. pic.twitter.com/PpZZsFxajn
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 11, 2018
“We need more working-class people of color in office.”
Breed’s speech emphasized the importance of education and training students to be prepared to compete in the economy.
Growing up in the Western Addition neighborhood, it never seemed possible that I could one day serve as Mayor. I would not be here today without the community that believed in me. I will do everything I can to afford those opportunities to the next generation. #SFMayor pic.twitter.com/3txRovgSQe
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) July 11, 2018
“I am committed to making sure all kids in high school have an opportunity for a paid internship, for job training,” Breed said, “so that they are a part of the future of this city.”