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Immigrant Integration in Los Angeles

Immigrant Integration

What Can I Do?

Support these organizations working to protect immigrants and to help them integrate into the local community. 

CCF’s Endless Possibilities Campaign - CCF has partnered with L.A.’s most prominent immigrant rights organizations, elected officials, philanthropic organizations and media companies to educate and encourage eligible Angelenos to apply through the ¡Protégete!...¡Ciudadanía Ya! / Endless Possibilities campaign. Since 2015, the campaign has held hundreds of citizenship workshops and reached millions of viewers through its media partners. 

Here’s the Situation

  • Los Angeles County is home to 3.5 million immigrants - one third of the population of the county.
  • Nearly half of those 3.5 million residents are citizens; the remainder includes legal permanent residents, refugees granted asylum, immigrants granted temporary relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and undocumented immigrants.
  • Nearly 900,000 undocumented residents face significant obstacles to employment and healthcare, in addition to the threat of deportation.

Where Do We Go From Here?

 In a country built by generations of immigrants, allowing new Americans to earn a living and contribute to their communities is essential to preserving our national identity. Advocacy, improving immigration status through citizenship education and providing protection for those adversely affected by changes to federal immigration policy are all key components of allowing the immigrant community in Los Angeles to thrive.  

 

Legal Support

 In December 2016, local leaders announced the creation of a $10 million fund to provide legal assistance to immigrants facing removal proceedings. The fund will provide rapid response funding to nonprofit legal service organizations that represent individuals and families facing deportation in L.A. County, as well as supporting pilot programs that seek to expand the pool of immigration attorneys available to provide representation. Currently, thousands of immigrants do not fight their cases in immigration court because they lack the resources to pay for legal representation.

Citizenship Education

 Educating immigrants about the benefits of citizenship is effective when outreach is made in native languages and through the channels where immigrant communities receive information. The ‘Endless Possibilities. Citizenship Now!’ is a campaign to encourage and increase the number of Asian American immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship. In L.A. County, over 300,000 Asian American immigrants are currently legal permanent residents who are eligible to naturalize and become U.S. citizens. A partnership between nonprofits, government, and media, the campaign used seven Asian languages to remind immigrants that citizenship is a pathway with many benefits and to educate them about the resources available to them.

Protection

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors moved forward in December 2016 on a plan to protect the data and identities of L.A. County’s immigrant communities and to begin establishing a countywide office of immigrant affairs. In addition to county agencies analyzing impacts of new immigration policies, the motion also calls for an existing DACA Task Force to be converted into a County Immigration Protection Task Force.