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Why City Hall needs an immigrant affairs office [Blowback]
Why City Hall needs an immigrant affairs office [Blowback]

It should be self-evident that a city like Los Angeles -- with nearly half the population having come from outside the country -- would be well served by an Office of Immigrant Affairs at City Hall. But according to Paul Whitefield, who questioned the office's value in his Aug. 27 Opinion L.A. blog post, rebooting the program established by former Mayor James Hahn's administration would distract from basic city services. Credit Whitefield for making some good points about the need for new Mayor Eric Garcetti to pay attention to these basics, including fixing streets, funding the fire department and improving transit. But his main point is shortsighted and ultimately not in the...

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