An Obama administration task force charged with getting more immigrants to apply for citizenship held its first of a series of regional meetings Friday at Los Angeles City Hall.

LA City Hall. Photo by John Schreiber.
The White House Task Force on New Americans is launching a series of meetings around the country to discuss strategies for encouraging immigrants to become citizens and to become more engaged in American society.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, part of this task force, has set a goal of encouraging 100,000 eligible Los Angeles residents to apply for citizenship, according to mayoral aide Connie Llanos.

In Los Angeles, libraries have set up citizenship corners and workshops are being held to help residents with the process of becoming citizens.

Friday’s meeting included two panels, with one on best practices for civic engagement and citizenship and another on economic and workforce development issues, each led respectively by officials with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Labor.

Speakers on the civic engagement panel included representatives of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, the Refugee Forum of Los Angeles, the California Endowment, Univision and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles.

The economic development panel included officials from the Los Angeles Community College District, the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, the Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board, the Workforce Investment Board and the Youth Policy Institute.

— City News Service

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