Immigrants born in a different country comprise 35 percent of LA County’s population, contribute 36 percent of the County’s $653 billion GDP, account for more than 40 percent of the employed workforce, and make up more than half of small business owners. In response to continued attacks by the federal government upon this vital and vibrant population, today the Board of Supervisors approved a motion, authored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, that expands outreach and education efforts for immigrants in LA County around immigration legal services, citizenship resources, consumer protection, financial empowerment, health services, labor disputes, and small business support.
“June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and there is no better time to emphasize LA County’s commitment to our immigrant residents to assure them that LA County is here to help, create connections to the County’s wraparound services, make referrals to our trusted partners, and provide additional education and support,” said Supervisor Solis. “LA County’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is a trusted messenger throughout our diverse immigrant communities, and they are standing by at 1-800-593-8222 to help. In the face of continued attacks from this federal Administration, we continue to make every effort to defend, protect, and fight for our immigrant populations that have given so much to us all.”
Today’s motion directs the Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA), which is within the County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, to work with County Counsel, other County Departments, and non-profit organizations that serve immigrants and their families, to conduct outreach and education for immigrants and their families in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner about wraparound County and external services that are available to them. Some examples of expanded outreach and education include immigration legal representation and resources for immigrants and their families who may be at risk of deportation and citizenship workshops and resources for immigrants who are eligible for naturalization.
“We encourage everyone to celebrate the diversity of the County during Immigrant Heritage Month, but also welcome advocates and allies to utilize the month to educate our communities about paths to advancement as the Office of Immigrant Affairs has been doing since 2017. Although we’ve made giant leaps to help our immigrant communities, there’s much work to be done,” said OIA’s Executive Director Rigo Reyes.
Today’s action marks the 37th immigration motion Supervisor Solis has authored to protect, defend, and fight for the rights of immigrants since the 2016 presidential election. Her efforts include a motion to create sensitive locations throughout the County, a $3 million dollar contribution to the LA Justice Fund, and the creation of the first-ever County Office of Immigrant Affairs. To view a complete list of these actions, please click here.