Immigration in LA County

Immigration in LA County

Dwarfing any other county in California, LA County is home to an estimated 30% of all of California's immigrants. In January 2017 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, in a stand against hate and divisiveness, established The Office of Immigrant Affairs to protect the many immigrant communities in LA. Still, a variety of concerns about deportation prevent some immigrants from seeking police protection from abuse, or applying for CalFresh, despite their eligibility.


While documented immigrants are a known factor, undocumented immigrants are an entirely different story. Immigration is now a federal political football, so it's unsurprising that immigrants within Los Angeles County are hesitant to come forward to receive necessary healthcare or even report crimes of domestic violence. As we gear up to the 2020 census—the manner in which we gain an understanding of different populations and the way in which federal and state funding is calculated—establishing the true size of Los Angeles County increases in importance.

Sadly, data on immigration is exceedingly sparse for Los Angeles County, in fact, the 2015 Pew Research Report on immigration lumps together LA County and Orange County. This is an issue that must be addressed in order for Los Angeles County to garner its fair share of philanthropic and federal dollars.


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Learn more about the people working at the intersection of data and immigration in Los Angeles County.

Brian Bennett | LA Times

Leslie Berestein Rojas | KPCC

Cindy Carcamo | LA Times

Efrain Escobedo | California Community Foundation

Raul Hinojosa | UCLA Cesar E. Chavez Center for Interdisciplinary Instruction in Chicana and Chicano Studies

Kate Linthicum | LA Times

Hiroshi Motomura | UCLA School of Law

Patricia Ortiz | Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project

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Patricia Ortiz

Manuel Pastor | USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII)

Stacey Strongarone | Vera Institute of Justice

Lindsay Toczylowski | Immigrant Defenders Law Center




The California Immigrant Policy Center | High-level research and reports on immigration

USC Dornsife Immigration Report | 2011 USC Dornsife report addressing immigrant data (e.g. education level, demographics etc.)

Keeping Families Together | USC and Center for American Progress report on immigrant statistics

Public Policy Institute of California: Undocumented Immigrants in California | Statewide information on undocumented immigrants

Public Policy Institute of California: Immigrants in California | Statewide immigration information up to 2015

Center For American Progress Visual Storytelling Tool | Nationwide immigration statistics visualizations

Migration Policy Institute | National migration trends