State civic leaders, theologians, law enforcement, education, and business leaders took a bold stand against deportation Tuesday, March 8, 2016, when they presented the highest court in the land a friend-of-the-court brief singing the praises of undocumented workers and urging temporary relief to as many as 5 million immigrants who currently live and work in the United States illegally.
Unlike the bleak scenes painted in Texas of immigrants dying crossing the border, huddling in abandoned buildings and carrying illegal drugs across the border, the California leaders are arguing just the opposite saying immigrants are working and bringing money into the economy, raising families, and making the state a strong and more robust environment.
“Representing just 7% of the state’s population,
[they] make up 34% of its farm workers, 22% of its production workers and 21% of its construction workers according to one estimate,” stated the leaders in the court brief.1
‘California Dreaming’ Not Always So Pretty for Undocumented Immigrants
Those lucky enough not to be caught by border crossing agents, packed up and sent back across the border or declaring at customs that they are refugees seeking asylum and carted off to immigration detainment camps, find immediate or extended family members who can help put them to work. Others with a much less sophisticated network must rely on standing on corners with signs pleading for day labor work.
According to the Migration Policy Institute of the estimated 5 million undocumented residents living in California:
- 70 percent are from Mexico
- More than 412,000 come from Asian countries
- Approximately 480,000 come from Central America and China
Some estimates claim as many as 60% of California’s agriculture workers are undocumented workers. The court filing also claimed that undocumented workers accounted for $130 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP).2
Kicking the Immigration Can No Longer an Option
Los Angeles now boasts itself as being one of the biggest manufacturing centers in America overtaking the likes of the great industrial steel mill cities and car manufacturing cities such as Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit.
Unfortunately, President Obama’s temporary relief program, called “Deferred Action for Parents of Americans,” that would give 1.1 million undocumented immigrants in the state a work permit has been stalled by bureaucratic red tape. The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the immigration case called United States vs. Texas on April 18.
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¹“California leaders tell Supreme Court that undocumented workers are making the state stronger” published in Los Angeles Times, May 2016.
²“Illegal Immigration Statistics in California” published in Newsmax, September 2016.