People in the U.S. illegally are now allowed to work for Los Angeles County without having to show proof of citizenship.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution last week allowing non-citizens to work in government jobs as long as the post does not violate state or federal laws.
To work for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept., you must still show proof of citizenship.
The policy, which was authored by Chair Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl, is said to be intended to better represent the “community” in city government.
“Los Angeles County is a home to people from all corners of the globe,” said Solis in a statement. “While our County-government workforce is a reflection the community it serves, there is still room for improvement. This bill seeks to make clear that the County, as one of Southern California’s largest employers, aims to be a diverse and inclusive workforce that does not exclude or allow citizenship to prevent people from getting jobs.”
According to Solis, there are around 880,000 non-citizens living in Los Angeles and the county’s Public Defender’s Office has received numerous “applications from non-citizens that would otherwise be allowed to practice law in California but are disqualified from the application procedure because of their citizenship status.”
Ricardo García, the public defender for Los Angeles County, said requiring citizenship to work for the city government is comparable with discrimination based on “cultural, racial, ethnic, or religious beliefs.”
“Discrimination on the basis of cultural, racial, ethnic, or religious heritage is against our principle. Citizenship encompasses these demographic characteristics. This motion put forth by Supervisors Solis and Kuehl will increase equality in hiring and offer access to the best qualified applicants for employment regardless of their citizenship status.”
“An immigrant’s experience will help us advance our mission and values to safeguard our clients’ legal and human rights, as well as allowing me to more readily achieve my goal of our employees truly representing the demographics of the population that we serve.” García continued.