“Los Angeles’ story is filled with chapters written by people who crossed borders and oceans to create a great city where all are welcome, diversity is cherished and everyone in the world can feel at home. Immigrant Heritage Month celebrates that history and the legacy of values it has given us — values that inspire Angelenos to embrace those who took great risks and made extraordinary sacrifices to join our communities, share their gifts, and strengthen L.A.’s bond with the rest of the world.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti
Mayor Garcetti, founder and chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Latino Alliance, is a longtime advocate for the advancement of immigrants and refugee rights. In March, he led the first-ever Cities’ Day of Immigration Action, an effort that mobilized mayors in more than 60 cities across the country to galvanize law enforcement, faith leaders, legal advocates, and community organizations in affirming the indispensable role of immigrants in American life, and connecting people with the resources they need to protect themselves and their families.
On that same day, he signed the twentieth executive directive of his administration, “Standing with Immigrants: A City of Safety, Refuge, and Opportunity for All.” It ensures 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 expands longstanding LAPD policies on immigration enforcement to Airport police, Port police and firefighters — and prohibits all city employees from using public facilities or resources to assist or cooperate with federal civil immigration enforcement. It also requires that every city facility and service be made available to all Angelenos without regard to citizenship or immigration status, and orders protections on the confidentiality of information submitted by residents who enroll in city programs and services, unless required by law.
Mayor Garcetti and other partners led the creation of the L.A. Justice Fund — a $10 million public-private partnership to assist immigrants who are facing deportation proceedings without legal counsel. The City of Los Angeles’ $2 million contribution to the fund, which the Mayor first announced in December 2016, is up for final City Council vote today.
The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has issued a Community Resource Guide for Immigrant Angelenos that includes comprehensive know-your-rights information and resources, including contact information for legal service providers and community organizations. The guide can be downloaded in English and Spanish at lamayor.org/KnowYourRights.