Los Angeles is proud to be a protector of the American Dream and a defender of the inclusive values that are the bedrock of this great country. Mayor Garcetti is a national leader in the movement to help create new pathways to citizenship for people who are American by every measure except the papers they hold — and who deserve job opportunities, better wages, the right to vote, and peace of mind that citizenship brings into people’s lives.
RE-LAUNCHING THE OFFICE OF IMMIGRANT AFFAIRS. The Mayor re-established the Office of Immigrant Affairs in the Mayor's Office 2013 with the goal of integrating immigrants into the city’s social, economic, and political fabric. To date, the Office has actively engaged more than 150,000 Angelenos through its work to coordinate city services, develop programs, and initiatives that promote citizenship and civic engagement, and advocate on local, state, and national legislation and policy.
WE ALL BELONG. Mayor Garcetti signed Executive Directive #20 (“Standing with Immigrants: A City of Safety, Refuge, and Opportunity for All”) to ensure that L.A.’s public servants stay focused on protecting people, serving communities, and saving lives — not inquiring about immigration status or engaging in federal civil immigration enforcement. The Directive reaffirms the LAPD’s longstanding policies, and instructs L.A. Airport Police, L.A. Port Police, and the L.A. Fire Department to adopt similar standards. It also mandates that residents’ personal information be protected, and that City facilities, programs, and services be equally accessible to all Angelenos without regard for citizenship or immigration status.
EVERYONE COUNTS. Mayor Garcetti is leading a coalition of American mayors calling on the Trump Administration to ensure an accurate and inclusive Census in 2020. Signed by 161 mayors, an open letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross calls on the Trump Administration to fully fund the upcoming Census, appoint a nonpartisan Census director, and denounces a plan to add a Census question on citizenship status. Mayor Garcetti also signed an Executive Directive to establish Census Liaisons in nearly every City department to coordinate with the Mayor’s Office of the Census to ensure an accurate count in Los Angeles.
STANDING FOR JUSTICE. Mayor Garcetti is a leading force behind the L.A. Justice Fund — which provides legal assistance to immigrants facing deportation proceedings. The program is the result of a partnership between the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, the California Community Foundation, and the Weingart Foundation.
STEPPING FORWARD. In early 2015, the Office of Immigrant Affairs launched the Step Forward LA campaign to connect Angelenos who dream of citizenship with tools they need to check eligibility, locate classes and workshops, and explore a map to find the most convenient places to start this important journey. The campaign has reached more than 115,000 residents across the L.A. region with information on naturalization and citizenship.
LIFTING UP NEW AMERICANS. In January 2018, Mayor Garcetti rolled out the New Americans Initiative, which expands services offered by LAPL New Americans Welcome Stations (formerly known as Citizenship Corners), which have already assisted more than 61,600 Angelenos in all 73 branch libraries across the city. There are seven New American Centers — Central, Junipero Serra, Pacoima, Pio Pico Koreatown, Franklin, Wilmington, and Echo Park branch libraries — where dedicated spaces and specially-trained, Department of Justice-accredited library employees and staff from legal nonprofit organizations offer guidance on navigating the entire naturalization process.
DEFENDING IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES. After the November 2016 presidential election, Mayor Garcetti instructed the Office of Immigrant Affairs to launch “Know Your Rights” workshops with community partners throughout Los Angeles to inform immigrant families and households about their constitutional rights and to demonstrate how to invoke those rights — more than 62 workshops have been hosted to date. The Office of Immigrant Affairs also compiled a comprehensive resource guide to provide Angelenos with important information about support and assistance that is available to them across a variety of issues. The resource guide can be found in Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and English. Print out your "Know Your Rights" Red Card from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Mayor Garcetti has also provided communities with critical information about Public Charge.
Contact the Office of Immigrant Affairs