Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has picked a USC dean to head his newly formed Office of Immigrant Affairs, which will help immigrants, including those here illegally, access city services.
Linda Lopez, an associate dean for diversity and strategic initiatives for the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at USC, will be in charge of forming and leading the agency. Beyond helping immigrants navigate city government, the agency will also analyze and help develop state and federal policies that affect immigrants.
Garcetti pledged to create the office during his campaign for mayor. In a statement Tuesday, he said the office would further "integrate immigrants into the social, political, cultural and economic fabric of the city of Los Angeles."
Lopez endorsed Garcetti in his race this year against former City Controller Wendy Greuel and donated $1,800 to his political campaign.