Editor's Note: This ordinance superseded former Art. VIII, Immigration Assistance Commission, adopted 12-9-1997 (§§ 2-114 to 2-116 of the 1988 Code.
Purpose. An Immigration Assistance Commission is hereby established for the purpose of advocating for the well-being of Lowell's diverse immigrant and refugee population and the development of policies and programs that assist resident immigrants of the City of Lowell in addressing their needs and concerns.
The Immigration Assistance Commission shall consist of nine members appointed by the City Manager subject to confirmation by the City Council and four additional ex officio members as hereinafter provided.
The aforementioned nine appointed members shall be comprised of persons representing the following offices, disciplines and interests:
The following shall be ex officio members of the Commission: the City Manager or designee, the Mayor or designee; a member of the City Council or designee; a member of the School Committee or designee.
Terms. Three members shall be appointed to serve for one year, three for two years and three for three years and annually thereafter there shall be appointed three members to serve for three years. The members who are appointed by the City Manager shall hold office until their successors are duly appointed by the City Manager and confirmed by the City Council. The chairperson of the Immigration Assistance Commission shall be designated by the City Manager.
The Immigration Assistance Commission shall be under the administrative supervision of the City Manager, and the members thereof shall serve without compensation.
It shall be the duty of the Immigration Assistance Commission to:
Promote the economic, civic and social integration of newcomers—immigrants, refugees—into American society while at the same time increasing public understanding and appreciation of the contributions of immigrants and awareness of Lowell's immigrant history.
Advise the City Council and the City administration on issues affecting Lowell's immigrant and refugee population, providing guidance in the formulation of policies, partnerships and programs that are designed to meet the problems and provide services to newcomers to the City.
Encourage understanding between and among Lowell's varied immigrant groups, newly arrived and established, and the larger Lowell community.
Act as a clearinghouse in respect to aiding and assisting in whatever way feasible any immigrant resident of the City of Lowell.