San Jose is moving forward with plans to establish an office of immigrant services, though a final decision isn’t expected until next fiscal year’s budget approval in June.
The City Council on Tuesday will discuss the plan, which would create a new department to help people who qualify for relief under President Obama’s executive action that shields 5 million immigrants from deportation and provides a path to legalization.
City leaders envision the office as a resource for foreign-born residents to provide city services, including help starting a business, and offer guidance with other issues, like finding work or applying for healthcare.
“President Obama’s executive action granting relief from deportation gives thousands of our San Jose residents a path toward a better quality of life, and we should feel duty-bound to assist them in navigating the process,” Mayor Sam Liccardo writes in a motion asking to agendize the discussing at a future council meeting. “Moreover, because this is an issue that effects thousands of San Jose families, it is one the entire council should have the opportunity to weigh in on.”
In a joint memo, Liccardo, Vice Mayor Rose Herrera and Councilman Chappie Jones suggest designating someone from the City Manager’s office to oversee the new department.
San Jose has one of the largest immigrant populations of any major U.S. city, with 40 percent of its residents born overseas, according to the U.S. Census. An estimated 118,000 are undocumented.
More from the San Jose City Council agenda for January 27, 2015:
- San Jose is looking for a lawmaker to sponsor a bill that would bring the grand staircases at Communications Hill under the city’s jurisdiction. Right now, the stairs are considered a pedestrian right-of-way, which means they’re open to anyone at any time. If the city gains oversight of the stairs, however, it could impose curfews, like it would at a public park. Residents have, for years, been complaining of the crowds of people who visit the staircase at all hours of the day.
- With a temporary ordinance that allows pig hunting in city limits set to expire, the council will consider making the law permanent. The rule came in 2013, after residents in Almaden complained about wild boars rooting up their yards in search of food. But trappers were unable to kill the pigs because of a city rule that prohibits shooting the animals.
- The city is issuing a final settlement agreement over its Environmental Innovation Center, which was beset by problems because of a contractor that walked off the job after filing for bankruptcy.
WHAT: City Council meets
WHEN: 1:30pm Tuesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260