(LOS ANGELES, CA – 5/17/2021) – On Tuesday, May 18 the Immigrant Integration Task Force, representing more than 70 immigrant rights, legal service and advocacy organizations, is hosting a press conference calling on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to embrace an immigrant-inclusive budget and ensure a just recovery for all. Immigrants comprise 35% of the L.A. county population.

“We call on the board of supervisors to ensure our communities receive the necessary funding for a just recovery because immigrants are L.A.,” said Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles (CAIR-LA). “Our communities are diverse from a racial, ethnic and socioeconomic perspective. There is no question that our contributions during this pandemic have been significant, despite large segments of the immigrant population in the county being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. As front-line workers and some of the most impacted, the immigrant population should receive the necessary funding from the American Rescue Plan to ensure the economic, legal, and societal needs of our community are met.”

“From the start of this pandemic, CHIRLA worked at every level to include immigrants in relief and recovery efforts to heal the economic pain they are enduring because of it,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). “We know immigrants are among the groups worst hurt by COVID-19 because they were left out of prior federal relief. Immigrants are frontline essential workers who have given their labor to keep our local economy moving forward. For this reason, we ask the L.A. County supervisors to remember that Immigrants ARE L.A., and they should therefore be part of its recovery.”

“Economic recovery should be accessible to all, yet immigrants have been systematically excluded from life-saving support and relief. LA County can change the course and build towards an inclusive budget that integrates some of the most vulnerable populations,” said Bamby Salcedo, President/CEO of The TransLatin@ Coalition.

WHO: Immigrant Integration Task Force (full list below)

WHEN: May 18, 2021, 9:00 am

WHERE: Kenneth Hahn Administration Center – 500 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Steps of the Board of Supervisors Meeting Chamber-

WHAT: In-Person Press Conference; Also live-streamed via www.facebook.com/cairgla

SPEAKERS:
Apolonio Morales, Director of External Affairs, CHIRLA
Bamby Salcedo, President/CEO The TransLatin@ Coalition
Aquilina Soriano, Executive Director, Pilipino Workers Center

CAIR-LA is Southern California’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, efields@cair.com; 714-851-4851