Undocumented immigrants often face harsh challenges in the United States. This is true both from economic and legal perspectives. The Pew Research Center reports that undocumented immigrants are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than are U.S. born adults. Further, undocumented immigrants often face challenges when it comes to accessing some of the most basic services. For example, Pew Research reports that as many as 50 percent of undocumented immigrants lack health insurance coverage.
We all need to remember that southern California is built on the back of hardworking immigrants. In fact, according to research conducted by the California Immigration Policy Center (CIPC), nearly half of all economic output in L.A. County can be attributed directly to immigrants. Many of these immigrants are currently undocumented. As such, they face many struggles and challenges. Please keep undocumented immigrants in your mind, as it is important to give back to our the people who do so much to make our community work.
Ways You Can Help Undocumented Immigrants in L.A. County
Get Involved Politically
Immigration has become an especially contentious political issue in recent years. The 2016 presidential election cycle saw many disturbing and often outright racist comments made about undocumented immigrants. While many politicians were responsible for creating this climate, none did more than Donald Trump. Many undocumented immigrants and their families are feeling extremely anxious at the moment, and with good reason. It is more important now than ever to get involved politically at the ground level so that we can do everything possible to improve our country’s immigration policies.
Start by informing yourself about immigration issues featured on the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s website. As you study these important matters, such as our government’s current response that undermines due process for asylum seekers, you’ll come to understand the need and urgency implementing humane policies that protect the human rights of undocumented immigrants.
Your efforts are appreciated. We need you!
Here at the Law Offices of Joshua L. Goldstein, we encourage our clients and friends to contact elected representatives in their respective areas regarding immigration issues that are important to you. Please join Los Angeles immigration attorney Josh Goldstein in his unwavering commitment to immigration reform. Fight the good fight with us.
Be an Ally on Social Media
Sometimes very small acts can make a positive difference in the long-term. If you want to support undocumented immigrants, and we sincerely hope you do, you can do it in a simple way such as using your voice to support their rights and interests in public, in private or on social media. For example, sharing positive stories on your personal blog or circulating petitions on Twitter and Facebook can help to shape the political and social atmosphere in our community.
Donate to Charity
Many charities and organizations support the legal rights and social interests of undocumented immigrants. It’s incredible, and humbling, to see so many people pledge their time and resources to this worth cause. They are desperately needed. For example, refugees may be given a small amount of federal money to help them learn English and pay for the basic necessities of life (they’re expected to begin working in the first couple of months in such case). However, because the government funding is so underwhelming, funds and volunteering from citizens and charitable organizations are leaned upon in order for resettlement to be done right.
If you have the financial means to do so, making a contribution to one of these charities is a tremendously positive act that can really make a difference in someone’s life. There are many different charities that provide political, legal or direct economic support to Los Angeles immigrants. If you need guidance on selecting the right charity, consider using the information provided by a watchdog industry organization such as Charity Navigator. You can also call us for recommendations.
Provide Gifts for Needy Children
Unfortunately, not every child is born into an economically advantaged position. We have a wonderful opportunity as a community to step up and provide these kids some support. The children of undocumented immigrants are disproportionately affected by economic hardship. The American Immigration Council reports that 75 percent of children who come from households with at least one undocumented parent live in low income situations. Southern California has a large number of children who are in families with an undocumented immigrant or are themselves undocumented. By something as simple as providing gifts for needy children in Los Angeles, you can bring hope and positivism into the lives of young undocumented immigrants of Los Angeles and their families.
Toys For Tots has made it easier to locate toy drop off areas near you here. Also, they’re currently in need of volunteer drivers. Volunteer drivers would help drop off and pick up Toys for Tots Boxes to the different locations throughout LA County. To volunteer, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsor a Family Member or Relative
While the United States does not currently allow private sponsors to resettle refugees without any family connection, you can sponsor a family member or relative. For more information, visit our I-864 Affidavit of Support page or contact us.
We Support Immigrants in Southern California
At the Law Offices of Joshua L. Goldstein, we wholeheartedly and enthusiastically support the rights and interests of undocumented immigrants in America. If you or a loved one is in need of legal advice, we are standing by, ready to help. To learn more about what our legal team can do for you or your family, please do not hesitate to reach out to our L.A. office today at (213) 262-2000. It is our privilege to serve several communities throughout the Los Angeles region, including Glendale, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Burbank, Cerritos and Inglewood.