“We’re not going wait for the federal government to get it together. As California and as a region, we are acknowledging that there is this gap and that we are going to be very intentional to close that gap. We’re establishing a statement, a purpose, that the disparities we’re seeing among immigrant communities is not acceptable, and that we’re going to fill in the investments necessary and [work on the] problematic infrastructure to reduce those disparities while the federal government figures it out. So, we’re saying that this is a community that’s part of the greater community, and even though federal funding may limit or prohibit certain immigrants of receiving support, that we’re just going to have to make up that difference.”
Impacts of COVID-19 on Immigrants in Los Angeles County
In the focus groups that were conducted, immigrant Spanish speakers shared that they have less access to information and education related to the virus and a lack of experience and access to technology only furthers the problem. Challenges for these households lie ahead as children continue their education remotely. In March of 2020, the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a congressional stimulus package, excluded undocumented individuals and mixed-status families from receiving a stimulus check aimed to provide economic relief.
For mixed status households filing taxes jointly, this means that even if one parent files taxes with a Social Security Number (SSN) and if the other parent files taxes with an Independent Tax Identification Number (ITIN)1 , this family is automatically barred from obtaining this aid. This means that across California over 2 million undocumented individuals are impacted and over 1.2 million households with at least one undocumented adult will be impacted.
Moving forward, Los Angeles County must commit to insure accessibility, mobility, and voice for immigrants regardless of status.
Home to over 10 million residents, Angeleno immigrants compose one third of the County’s population.
- 25% 25%
Around 70 percent of undocumented and LPR Angelenos have been in the United States for longer than ten years.
- 70% 70%
Angeleno immigrants make up around 46 percent of all workers in Los Angeles
- 46% 46%
14 Immigration Policy Recommendations
The report puts forward 14 recommendations for policy and practical action.