Manuel Pastor, professor of geography and American studies and ethnicity at USC College, spoke on “Immigrant Integration: State and Local Challenges in a Changing Economy” in a briefing co-sponsored by USC’s Sacramento Center and its counterpart office for the University of California system on April 16.
Pastor spoke with Abel Valenzuela, professor of urban planning and Chicano/a studies at UCLA.
The two spoke at midday to about 90 Capitol administrators and staffers, held a second briefing hosted by the Latino Caucus staff later in the afternoon and met briefly with Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass.
With comprehensive immigration reform stymied at the national level, some state and local authorities have been discouraging the presence of immigrants. But in California, where immigrants are more than one quarter of the population and where the majority of children have at least one immigrant parent, that approach may threaten immigrant integration and the state’s long-term prosperity.
Pastor presented findings looking at immigrant integration in Los Angeles – a traditional high-volume entry point – and Valenzuela looked at policy efforts to deal with day-labor sites, one of the flashpoints for local communities.