The executive actions and the divisive rhetoric of the first days of the new federal administration are deeply troubling. They unfairly discriminate against immigrants and refugees, threatening our values, tearing at the fabric of our diverse communities, and undermining our economy.
The USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration just released a new report titled What's at Stake for the State: Undocumented Californians, Immigration Reform and Our Future Together. Funded in part by the Irvine Foundation, the report calculates the potential economic gains to California overall and in specific regions through national immigration reform.
As we gather this week to see fireworks and enjoy picnics, we also might pause to reflect on what it means to celebrate the Fourth of July in California. In many ways, our state epitomizes the vision of America: a land of immigrants, a place of opportunity, an openness to change and innovation.