Protests Erupt Over L.A.’s Undocumented Immigration Policy at Board of Supervisor’s Meeting

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Protests erupted outside the L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 10, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

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Ater a public hearing marked by angry clashes between supporters of President-elect Donald Trump and pro-immigrant activists, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the creation of a new office that would help immigrants receive county assistance.

The Office of Immigrant Affairs would provide a “one-stop shop” for those seeking help, according to a statement released by Supervisor Hilda Solis, who along with Supervisor Sheila Kuehl co-sponsored the motion creating the office.

It hasn’t been determined yet exactly what services the office would offer, but Solis’ office said it would help immigrants find legal representation to fight deportation cases and assist them in identifying other social services. A detailed plan — with a budget and staffing levels — is expected to be proposed later this year.

“I want to remind our communities that the county will continue to stand against hate and provide exceptional aid for our immigrant individuals,” Solis said in a statement. “This is one of the many steps we are taking towards protecting the immigrant communities that are so essential to Los Angeles County.”

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