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Justicia de inmigración para todos

Building an immigration system that treats us all with dignity

Immigrants are our family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors; for many of us, we are immigrants. We help create the backbone of the community, yet we are denied access basic rights and resources that would allow us to thrive. In District 64, an estimated 51.6% of residents ages 25-64 are foreign born. California as a whole has the largest immigrant population of any state with 11 million immigrants making up the foundations of our state. One in two children in California has at least one immigrant parent. Despite their undeniable presence in our state and local community, the California State Assembly does not have a standing committee on immigration. Our campaign is committed to ensuring immigrant needs are not only comprehensively discussed, but met at the state and local level. Together, let's build an immigration system that treats all of us with dignity.

Immigration Justice Issues in District 64

  • Public Benefits
  • Education & Workforce
  • ICE
  • Justice & Prisons
Public Benefits

Immigrants, regardless of their status, pay taxes at the federal, local, and state level. In 2014, they comprised 28% of California’s total tax revenue. That is a total $82.9 billion in tax dollars immigrants paid just in our state. Those tax dollars go to services that benefit communities all across the United States, such as Medicare and Social Security. Despite paying for them, undocumented immigrants are unable to collect most of these benefits and are ineligible for many government services due to their immigration status. Our state and our country is profiting off of the labor and taxes of immigrants without delivering basic human rights. This system is nothing short of theft and requires actionable change.

Of the about 2 million uninsured undocumented immigrants in California, a majority would qualify for Medi-Cal if not for their immigration status. Most undocumented immigrants outside of the income range for Medi-Cal would be eligible for federal insurance subsidies if not for their immigration status. While our state has recently extended insurance coverage to children who are undocumented, adults still do not have full eligibility. If an undocumented parent of falls seriously ill and is denied the medical coverage they are paying for, those children can be left vulnerable and without caretakers. 

¿Querer aprender más? Echa un vistazo a estos recursos:

This Public Policy Institute of California issue on immigration

This Atlantic article on undocumented immigrants

This National Immigration Forum report article on the economic contributions of immigrants

This Legislative Analyst's Office report on the financial considerations of changes to California's healthcare system

Education & Workforce

Almost all of California’s workforce growth between 2005 and 2030 is expected to come from immigrants and their children. Yet, Latinx immigrants and children of immigrants have lower college participation rates than other groups in California. Many people further believe that immigrants who are students in our schools are unable to properly concentrate and learn due to the stress of potential immigration enforcement measures. We are currently sending our community members out into the workforce undereducated and without teaching them professional skills. This will not help us build a stronger California for all of us.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been proven to increase access to college education by allowing potential students to obtain drivers licenses in order to transport themselves more easily to schools and by allowing students to pursue on-campus work study jobs. In California, certain undocumented students are eligible for in-state tuition rates, though this is not the case for the rest of the country despite it being their legal right. Right now, those benefits are in jeopardy after the Trump administration announced its plans to suspend DACA and the Supreme Court deliberates its decision on the legality of this announcement. Our educational system needs to provide more adequate resources for language learners and foreign born children.

¿Querer aprender más? Echa un vistazo a estos recursos:

This Vera Institute report on Long Beach

This California Regional Economies Project report, "The Impact of Immigration on the California Economy"

• This IZA Institute of Labor Economics report, "The Education and Employment Effects of DACA, In-State tuition and Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants"

This National Immigration Law Center paper on the DACA litigation timeline

This Campaign for College Opportunity report on the state of higher education for Latinx students in California

ICE

DHS currently spends more on immigration enforcement than on all other federal agencies combined, and the US runs the largest immigration detention system in the world. ICE commits abuses against our communities every day and is responsible for harsh deportations, separation of families, and many other injustices. ICE recorded 230 arrests in March 2020, even making arrests during the COVID-19 pandemic. This directly harms our children, families, and communities. California has an average of 4,353 people in immigration detention every day

Further, many times, ICE performs its work illegally. For example, ICE regularly hires private contractors to enforce its operations. These companies conduct arrests without ICE officers and transport immigration detainees for hours until they are finally transferred to ICE officials. This practice is in direct violation of the federal Immigration and Nationality Act: private contractors cannot arrest people based on immigration offenses. ICE has also often disregarded California state laws meant to help protect immigrants, such as one law that prohibits immigration arrests at courthouses without a warrant from a judge.

¿Querer aprender más? Echa un vistazo a estos recursos:

This National Immigrant Justice Center article on immigration detention and enforcement

• This Vera "State of Justice Reform 2019" report

These detention statistics compiled by Freedom for Immigrants

Justice & Prisons

Our existing deportation policies and detention centers are unjust. The US detains and deports hundreds of thousands of individuals each year, separates families, deports unaccompanied minors, and has left many individuals who are detained without basic public health access during crises like COVID-19. Because of a shortage of judges and interpreters, long wait times are common, with many asylum seekers spending years waiting for their first hearings.

For immigrants and refugees who have broken laws, many of them do not have access to the justice they deserve. Laws meant to circumvent harsh sentences for young people who are charged and tried as adults do not help protect refugees and migrants. Migrants and refugees that have endured the parole hearing process and earned release or have served their sentence are often turned over to immigration authorities. US citizens or non-deportable individuals are also being harmed by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s practice of contacting immigration authorities to place hold requests on people that may be foreign-born so that when the person is released from state prison, immigration authorities take them into immigration custody. Current laws also require law enforcement agencies to investigate, enforce, detain, or arrest individuals deportable for criminal activity detected during unrelated law enforcement activity.

At present, immigrants facing deportation are not guaranteed an attorney. This means 70% of detained immigrants face their hearings alone. Represented immigrants are ten times likely to establish a right to remain in the United States, placing the vast majority of immigrants at a disadvantage in court. 

¿Querer aprender más? Echa un vistazo a estos recursos:

This Vera Institute report on Long Beach

This National Immigrant Justice Center report on access to counsel

Nuestro Plan


It is clear California needs comprehensive reform in its support of immigrants. This begins with the creation of a committee on immigration issues in the State Assembly. While most immigration work is federal, Assembly Members have an obligation to the immigrants in our state to be actively supporting their issues and ensuring state laws are in their favor.  

We must not only expand Medi-Cal to include immigrant adults that are undocumented, but actively create lines of communication with these communities to ensure they understand changing public charge rules and the ways that accessing benefits may or may not impact their ability to remain in this country.  

Furthermore, California needs to invest in legal counsel for those immigrants that are not represented by attorneys in immigration court. These people are foundational parts of our communities. Their lack of guaranteed representation seriously jeopardizes their ability to continue to contribute to making California and District 64 what it is today.

Stricter codification and enforcement of sanctuary city laws must be in place to ensure our local law enforcement units are not endangering their community members by aiding in their deportation or imprisonment.

Pagado por Fatima Iqbal-Zubair for Assembly 2020 FPPC ID# 1420710

5429 Madison Avenue Sacramento, CA 95841

fatima@fatimaforassembly.com