Mayor Garcetti: L.A. Ready to Help Angelenos With President's New Immigration Reforms

EDS: the Chief of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Linda Lopez, PhD, is available for interviews.

Mayor Eric Garcetti today said that L.A. will be ready to help its residents navigate the President's new immigration reform initiative, which will be announced this evening.

"Common sense immigration reforms will strengthen and stabilize L.A. families and will add millions to our economy. I created my Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to not just advocate for reform, but to help L.A. residents navigate complex federal procedures so that those reforms have a real impact on their lives. Our Office of Immigrant Affairs has already been helping Angelenos through the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and California's new driver’s license process, and we have laid the groundwork to swing into action after the President's announcement."

Mayor Garcetti's Chief of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Linda Lopez, PhD, has been in close contact with the White House and federal agencies. Today, Dr. Lopez convened at City Hall a meeting with stakeholder groups to further prepare for the President's announcement. Represented at the meeting were:

  • Accelerate Change
  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA
  • California Community Foundation
  • Catholic Charities
  • Center for Community Change
  • Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
  • Centro CHA
  • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
  • Consulate of Mexico
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Jovenes Inc.
  • KIWA
  • Korean Resource Center
  • LA County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO
  • LA Public Library
  • LA Voice PICO
  • Mexican Consulate
  • National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)
  • National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
  • National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
  • Orange County Labor Federation
  • Pilipino Workers Center
  • Thai Community Development Center
  • USC Tomas Rivera Policy Institute
  • Office of Congressmember Adam Schiff
  • Office of Congressmember Karen Bass
  • Office of Congressmember Linda Sanchez
  • Office of Congressmember Lucille Roybal-Allard
  • Office of Congressmember Tony Cardenas
  • Office of Congressmember Xavier Becerra

"The mission of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs is to make sure L.A. City Hall serves all L.A. City residents, especially when it comes to cutting through federal red tape that, when cleared, can unite families and boost our economy. We will continue to bring together city departments, other government entities and community groups to ensure L.A.'s immigrants are at the front of the line when it comes to new immigration reforms," Dr. Lopez said. "Unfortunately, people try and take advantage of immigrant communities, especially when there are new immigration reforms that are hard to understand. Be careful when you hand over money to people promising citizenship."