Community Discussion: Citizenship and the Census

Tuesday, September 17, 2019:  5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The recent legal skirmishes over the executive branch's attempts to add a question about citizenship status to the 2020 questionnaire have been highly publicized and fast-moving. Learn the current state of the law –and then participate in a discussion with community stakeholders and experts about why U.S. citizenship matters, the 2020 census push and ways to encourage community members to apply for citizenship.

Immigrants comprise nearly 50% of the population of Los Angeles County. Eligible community members may be unaware of the benefits of becoming a US citizen. In Los Angeles County, immigrants comprise 42% of the employed workforce and more than 50% of small business owners. In this community discussion, stakeholders and County departments will discuss why U.S. citizenship matters, the 2020 census push for naturalization and ways to encourage community members to apply for citizenship.

Earn 0.5 hours General MCLE credit

Discussion topics will include benefits for citizens:

  • Public services
  • Health care
  • Housing
  • Immigration benefits
  • Voting rights
  • 2020 census and citizenship

Presented by:
Rigo Reyes, Executive Director, Office of Immigrant Affairs

Miriam Brown, Deputy Director, Outreach, Engagement & Triage, Department of Mental Health

Cynthia Harding, Chief Deputy Director, Department of Public Health

Debbie Martin, Chief Deputy of the Registrar, Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder/County Clerk

Arun Patel, Director of Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management, Department of Health Services

Patricia Rivera, Library Administrator, LA County Library

Emilio Salas, Deputy Executive Director, Los Angeles County Development Authority

Central American Resource Center (CARACEN)

Department of Public Social Services

Registration Fee: FREE
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