Immigrants at the Local level:
CHIRLA’s regional work advances city and county policies that protect immigrant rights, encourage integration, improve economic opportunities and build civic engagement. At this level, we also work to protect our community by disentangling local police from federal immigration enforcers.
Policy and Advocacy's Local Goals:
- Protect immigrant rights
- encourage integration
- Improve economic opportunities and build civic engagement
- Protect our community by disentangling local police from federal immigration enforcers
Regional City of Los Angles Budget
City of Los Angeles
The City of Los Angeles concluded Budget and Finance Committee Hearings for the Mayor’s proposed budget. Mayor Garcetti allocated $1 million for the Los Angeles Justice and through the leadership of Councilmember Kevin De Leon, there was an increased allocation of funds for a total of $2 million for this fiscal year. The Los Angeles Justice Fund will continue to be a program in partnership with the County and Philanthropy to ensure deportation defense for non-citizens living in Los Angeles County.
County of Los Angeles
The LA BoS passed the motion to begin the LAJF 2.0 allocation of funds. The motion led by Solis and Hahn directed the following.
- Authorize the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA), or his designee, to extend the LAJF Pilot past June 30, 2021, as needed, and continue funding the program through any unspent funds
- Direct the Office of Immigrant Affairs in DCBA to create a framework, developed in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles, the California Community Foundation, and the Weingart Foundation, for a proposed Los Angeles Justice Fund Phase II Program
- Direct the Chief Executive Officer to report back in the FY 2021-22 Supplemental Budget on available funding to implement the proposed Los Angeles Justice Fund Phase II Program
Supervisor Solis led a motion for the County of LA to support the US Citizenship Act and any pathway to legalization for undocumented immigrants. This motion passed.
Immigrants are Los Angeles
The official launch of the Immigrants are LA took place on May 18th. The demands of the campaign call for a just recovery for all Angelenos in Los Angeles County. This must include a significant investment from the County for broader, flexible funding that would supplement relief for immigrants unavailable through federal or state support. Therefore, we are urging the Board of Supervisors to dedicate 35% of the budget to immigrant communities: $665 Million (of $1.9B).
- Provide Immigrant Families Access to High-Quality Information and Relief Application Assistance through community-based organizations and ethnic media.
- Provide housing relief, cash assistance, unemployment assistance, and food security for immigrants.
- Invest in community-based organizations to strengthen the immigration services infrastructure that supports immigrants of all races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, and statuses.
More information about the campaign can be found here.
Immigrants by The Numbers
IMMIGRANTS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL
Los Angeles County is the largest county in the nation, with over 10 million people of whom 3.6 million are immigrants. About 834,600 are undocumented, and 80 percent have lived in the county for more than 10 years. Immigrants are 44 percent of the county’s labor force. They represent huge purchasing power and pay billions in county taxes.