Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday that he has picked Linda Lopez, a former dean of diversity at USC, to head his newly formed Office of Immigrant Affairs.
During his campaign for mayor, Garcetti pledged to create an office to help immigrants navigate city government. In a statement released Tuesday morning, he said the bureau will help develop state and federal policies that effect immigrants, and assist them with accessing city services.
The aim, Garcetti said in a statement, is to further "integrate immigrants into the social, political, cultural and economic fabric of the city of Los Angeles.”
The office will work with immigrants who came here legally and illegally, according to Vicki Curry, a spokeswoman for Garcetti.
The office will also play a key role in helping immigrants navigate the federal immigration process if Congress creates a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people living here without permission.