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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. hopes to a renew its contract for a federal-local enforcement partnership known as 287(g), which the federal government has scaled back in recent years.
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County cops seek to renew federal-local immigration enforcement partnership - Southern California Public Radio The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is seeking to renew a voluntary federal-local partnership that deputizes county authorities to screen inmates for immigration status - and possible deportation. L.A. County is one of relatively few counties nationwide to continue participating in the program known as 287(g), scaled back in recent years by the federal government.
The sign at a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department substation. The agency seeks to renew a federal-local immigration enforcement partnership, which deputizes county authorities to screen inmates for immigration status and possible deportation.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is seeking to renew a federal-local immigration enforcement partnership that deputizes county authorities to screen inmates for immigration status - and possible deportation.
Los Angeles is one of two remaining counties in the state, along with Orange County, to continue participating in the program known as 287(g). The federal government has scaled back the voluntary program in recent years as it's expanded the broader Secure Communities, which 287(g) predates.
If approved by county supervisors, the new federal-local agreement would replace an earlier agreement that's set to expire at the end of September, according to a draft memo. Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida confirmed the department's request to renew its 287(g) contract; she said the Board of Supervisors may vote on it Sept. 23.
Luis Litez, a 10-year-old from Mexico, lifted his right hand, as he murmured the oath of allegiance to the United States:
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty...."
The oath may have felt like a string of big words, but Litez said afterward it changed him.
"I was not American but I am now," said Litez, who lives in LA. "I'm part of California now."
Eighty children from greater Los Angeles took part in a special "Constitution Week" ceremony at Central Library downtown. They ranged in age from 6 to 17, and come from countries such as Iran, Cambodia, China, Armenia and El Salvador.
Children are eligible for naturalization if their foreign-born parents become citizens, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Orphans can also attain citizenship if they're adopted by Americans.
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Vishaun Lawrence of Jamaica, a new U.S. citizen, holds an American flag along with her citizenship papers as she participates in a naturalization ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center on July 3, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Los Angeles has joined Chicago and New York in a new “Cities for Citizenship" project, funded by $1.1 billion from corporate partner Citigroup. Funds will go toward support services for legal residents who hope to become naturalized citizens.
LA joins NYC, Chicago in push to naturalize permanent residents - Southern California Public Radio The “Cities for Citizenship" project is funded by $1.1 billion from corporate partner Citigroup. In Los Angeles, a quarter-million dollars is to go toward introducing financial literacy in citizenship classes at city libraries; the money will also help fund community citizenship drives, and outreach to employers in sectors that employ large numbers of legal-resident workers.
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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti is joining his counterparts in Chicago and New York in encouraging permanent residents to become citizens. Pictured at a mayor's forum from right to left are Garcetti, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and New York Mayor Bill De Blasio.
Mayor Eric Garcetti has joined a new campaign that encourages the estimated 390,000 legal permanent residents in Los Angeles to become citizens for their own benefit — and the city's.
The “Cities for Citizenship" project, funded by $1.1 million from corporate partner Citigroup, is also kicking off in New York and Chicago.
In Los Angeles, a quarter-million dollar allocation will go toward introducing financial literacy to citizenship classes at city libraries, said Linda Lopez, chief of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs. The cost of applying for citizenship — $680 — is prohibitive for many, and Lopez said new curriculum will teach students about saving for the naturalization process, as well as other aspects of their lives.
The new initiative will also help fund citizenship drives at community centers and outreach to employers in sectors with high concentrations of permanent residents, such as hospitality, health care and technology, Lopez said.