USC: One in Six Calif. Kids Has an Undocumented Parent

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Federal immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for California's 2.6 million undocumented immigrants could generate $4.6 billion for the California economy, according to a report released Tuesday by the University of Southern California's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII).

The report, “What’s at Stake for the State,” is the first report to estimate undocumented Californians at this breadth and level of detail. One in six California kids has at least one undocumented parent and 81 percent of those kids are U.S. citizens.

“Lost in the debate over immigration reform are the children of undocumented parents,” said Dr. Manuel Pastor, Director of the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and co-author of the report. “Their future is our state’s future; when families are stable and able to earn better wages, then their kids can also flourish – in school and in life – securing our state’s future.”

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