Los Angeles is proud to be a welcoming city and to embody the inclusive values that are the bedrock of our country. Mayor Garcetti is a national leader in the movement for justice and dignity for immigrants and refugees. His Administration prioritizes their integration and sense of belonging as full-fledged Angelenos and advocates for new pathways to citizenship for people who are American by every measure except the papers they hold — and who deserve the job opportunities, better wages, right to vote, and peace of mind that citizenship brings into people’s lives.
RE-LAUNCHING THE MAYOR’S OFFICE OF IMMIGRANT AFFAIRS. The Mayor re-established the Office of Immigrant Affairs in 2013 to promote and advance the economic, cultural, social, and political well-being of immigrant communities in the City of Los Angeles. The Office’s mission is to develop programs and initiatives that support immigrant integration and serve immigrant Angelenos through the coordination of City services, outreach, and legislative advocacy. To date, the Office has actively engaged more than 195,000 Angelenos through its various efforts.
WE ALL BELONG. In 2017, Mayor Garcetti signed Executive Directive No. 20 (“Standing with Immigrants: A City of Safety, Refuge, and Opportunity for All”) to list and affirm City policies that welcome, serve, and protect immigrants, regardless of their status. The Directive mandates that City facilities, programs, and services be equally accessible to all Angelenos and cements the City’s commitment to treating personal information, including a constituent’s immigration status, as confidential. The Directive also reaffirms the LAPD’s long-standing policies and instructs L.A. Airport Police, L.A. Port Police, and the L.A. Fire Department to adopt similar policies.
SUPPORTING DACA STUDENTS. In partnership with the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles and the Foundation for the Los Angeles Community Colleges, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs helped create and launch the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Legal Fee Grant. LACCD students can apply and receive a one-time Legal Fee Grant to cover their DACA application fees.
LANGUAGE ACCESSIBILITY FOR IMMIGRANT ANGELENOS. In 2021, Mayor Garcetti signed Executive Directive No. 32 (“Strengthening Language Access in the City of Los Angeles”), which seeks to strengthen access to City information and services for English language learners in Los Angeles. The Directive establishes the framework for a more robust language access program for the City of L.A. Language access services are vital for many in our city—and our continued experience with COVID-19 highlights the importance of this Directive. This Directive is available in 13 languages. A key piece mandated by Executive Directive No. 32 is the creation of a citywide language access plan. In 2022, Mayor Garcetti released the Citywide Language Access Plan FY 22-24, which lays out the City’s policy on language access, including guidance for City Departments on the creation and/or updating of their individualized language access plans.
STANDING FOR JUSTICE. Since 2017, Mayor Garcetti has been a leading partner of the L.A. Justice Fund, a partnership between the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, the California Community Foundation, and the Weingart Foundation — which provides legal assistance to immigrants facing deportation proceedings to protect their due process rights and prevent family separation.
STEPPING FORWARD. In 2015, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs launched Step Forward LA as part of a campaign to integrate immigrant Angelenos by connecting them to resources and information about naturalization, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and other immigration benefits and related rights. The Step Forward LA website helps Angelenos locate classes and workshops, as well as other resources, including the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs bi-monthly newsletter which provides updates on immigration programs, policies, and practices at the local, state, and federal levels.
LIFTING UP NEW AMERICANS. In 2018, Mayor Garcetti rolled out the New Americans Initiative, expanding the services offered by the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) New Americans Welcome Stations (formerly known as Citizenship Corners). LAPL New Americans Welcome Stations have assisted more than 65,000 Angelenos in all 73 branch libraries across the City. There are seven New American Centers — at Central, Junipero Serra, Pacoima, Pio Pico Koreatown, Franklin, Wilmington, and Echo Park branch libraries — dedicated spaces where specially-trained Department of Justice-accredited library employees and staff from nonprofit organizations offer immigration legal services, literacy learning and family services, tenants and workers’ rights information, financial coaching, and more.
EMPOWERING IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES. Since November 2016, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has conducted “Know Your Rights” workshops with community partners throughout Los Angeles to educate immigrant Angelenos about how to safely exercise their constitutional rights. The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs released other relevant and timely community education resources on immigration fraud, immigrant workers’ rights, COVID-19, and other topics in multiple languages. Resources are available in print and digital form and are made accessible with the assistance of the City of Los Angeles Department on Disability. Learn more about these resources below.
Contact the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs