The Next America: Population 2043 The California Story

April 30, 2015
San Jose, CA

Cali­for­nia is at the fore­front of the na­tion’s deep­en­ing di­versity and has the highest share of im­mig­rants with and without leg­al im­mig­ra­tion status in the United States. It is also among the most im­mig­rant friendly states in the na­tion, and has en­acted a num­ber of in­teg­ra­tion­ist meas­ures and leg­al pro­tec­tions for its un­doc­u­mented pop­u­la­tion, ran­ging from ex­pan­ded ac­cess to pub­lic high­er edu­ca­tion to the abil­ity to ap­ply for driver’s li­censes.

Des­pite these trends, many cit­ies in Cali­for­nia are still work­ing to in­cor­por­ate the state’s new ar­rivals in­to their com­munit­ies, and are ex­per­i­en­cing a re-or­der­ing of ex­ist­ing ra­cial dy­nam­ics””cre­at­ing an in­creas­ingly com­plex but also rich new mo­sa­ic.

Na­tion­al Journ­al, in San Jose, Cali­for­nia — a hub of tech­no­lo­gic­al in­nov­a­tion in the United States — hos­ted a town hall which con­vened the na­tion’s key opin­ion lead­ers for a ro­bust dis­cus­sion about im­mig­ra­tion in the Golden State. Top­ics in­cluded: What factors have driv­en the state’s deep­en­ing di­versity? How are Cali­for­nia’s cit­ies ad­apt­ing to the coun­try’s new play­ers and in­teg­rat­ing them in­to their com­munit­ies? In the ab­sence of fed­er­al im­mig­ra­tion le­gis­la­tion, how can state and loc­al lead­ers reg­u­lar­ize life for the un­doc­u­mented””and should they? And how hard or easy is it to live and work in a tol­er­ant com­munity with or without leg­al im­mig­ra­tion status?

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