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How California Is Helping Protect Immigrants From Trump’s Aggressive Immigration Enforcement

How California Is Helping Protect Immigrants From Trump’s Aggressive Immigration Enforcement

California is once again taking a lead on protecting and integrating its immigrant communities and standing up to the enforcement policies of the Trump administration. The state’s governor and legislators have set an example for other states by making support of its immigrant population of more than 10.6 million foreign-born residents, including 2.3 million undocumented […]

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Say It With Me: Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes

Written by on April 17, 2017 in Immigration 101, Tax Contributions with 1 Comment
Say It With Me: Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes

Each year, undocumented immigrants file their tax returns, just like all Americans. They pay federal, state, and local taxes, in addition to income, property, and sales taxes. However, there are some anecdotal reports that fewer undocumented immigrants may file their taxes this year. Some tax preparers have reported declines in the number of immigrants filing […]

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“Sanctuary” Policies Protect Communities, Not Criminals

“Sanctuary” Policies Protect Communities, Not Criminals

State by state “sanctuary” policies have received significant attention lately. Hundreds of communities across the nation have passed some version of a sanctuary policy and in doing so have made decisions about how they want to use their local resources. Yet the new administration, as well as others, are attempting to impede their ability to […]

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In California Cities, Rising Housing Costs Force Immigrants Out

Written by on January 24, 2017 in Economics, State by State with 0 Comments
In California Cities, Rising Housing Costs Force Immigrants Out

California’s economy is big, and so is the immigrant contribution to it. The state’s economy is the sixth largest in the world, and immigrants provide one-third (or $715 billion) of the state’s GDP. Undocumented immigrants alone contribute $181 billion to the state’s GDP—an amount that roughly equals the economic output of the entire state of […]

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States and Localities Respond to Donald Trump’s Immigration Plans

Written by on December 12, 2016 in Legislation, State and Local with 0 Comments
States and Localities Respond to Donald Trump’s Immigration Plans

With all the focus on what to expect at the national level on immigration under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, it’s easy to overlook the states and localities, which are reacting to the presidential elections and previewing their intentions on immigration. Elections for governor were held in 12 states, with Democrats and Republicans each winning six. […]

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California District Court Says Immigrants Ability to Pay Should Influence Bond Decisions

California District Court Says Immigrants Ability to Pay Should Influence Bond Decisions

Unlike in criminal court, where those charged with a crime often hire bail bondsmen and consequently only have to pay 10 percent of the total bail amount, immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) often have to pay the full amount of a bond because there are very few immigration bond companies. Most of […]

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California Bills Begin to Restore Fairness to Immigrants Caught up in Criminal Justice System

Written by on September 30, 2016 in Enforcement, State by State with 0 Comments
California Bills Begin to Restore Fairness to Immigrants Caught up in Criminal Justice System

California continues to lead the way on integrating its large immigrant community and protecting immigrants from the extreme consequences of federal immigration laws. On September 28, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed three bills into law that will restore some fairness to a system that is overly punitive towards immigrants who have been touched […]

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How Immigrants Strengthen the Economies of All 50 States

Written by on August 4, 2016 in Economics, State by State, Tax Contributions with 0 Comments
How Immigrants Strengthen the Economies of All 50 States

The economic and political impact of immigration is often discussed at the national level. This makes sense, especially since immigration is a nationwide issue and a federal responsibility. Yet this national focus often obscures the effects of immigration within particular states. Perhaps the most systematic and comprehensive effort so far to direct public attention to […]

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Why California’s Bill Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Purchase Health Insurance is Good Policy

Written by on June 14, 2016 in Legislation with 0 Comments
Why California’s Bill Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Purchase Health Insurance is Good Policy

Governor Jerry Brown of California signed a historic law which could make his state the first to allow undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. SB10 directs the state to negotiate a waiver with the federal government to allow this population to purchase insurance on the state’s Covered California Health Insurance Exchange. […]

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How Some States Are Leading the Way on Immigrant Integration

How Some States Are Leading the Way on Immigrant Integration

Several notable developments took place in states across the U.S. over the past several months in 2016. In California, several recently passed immigration-related laws–collectively known as the “California Package” –are now being implemented. For example, a law that extends professional and commercial licenses to anyone, regardless of immigration status, was implemented January 1 of this […]

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