Wednesday, November 1, 2017

California Dreaming? The Integration of Immigrants into American Society


Here are some thoughts in Boom California on how states can work to integrate immigrant residents into civil society in a time when the Trump administration is moving in the opposite direction.

My conclusion:

In the long run, however, state and local governments can only do so much to reduce the harsh impacts of the U.S. immigration laws on immigrants. Fundamental change to those laws is necessary to bring full justice to immigrants. To that end, Congress at some point must overhaul the antiquated Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, which was forged at the height of the Cold War and is not well-suited to addressing the nation’s 21st century immigration needs. In such comprehensive reform efforts, the labor needs of the United States and the precarious status of undocumented immigrants living here will need to be addressed.


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