Commission Says State Shortchanging Immigrants

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Even though 25 percent of all Californians are first-generation immigrants, the state has no set policy for helping them integrate or ensuring that the state benefits from their contributions. Now a 40-year old bipartisan group, designed to promote efficiency in government, says it's time to rise to these "extraordinary challenges." After a lengthy study, California's Little Hoover Commission found that responsible immigrants benefit California, and so should be helped and encouraged, whether they're legal or not. Immigration opponents call that a noble idea we just can't afford. We hear more from a member of the commissioner and the media director for a national organization that opposes mass immigration.
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Ahmanson Ranch Development

Save Ahmanson Ranch

Ventura County Star

Little Hoover Commission

Federation for American Immigration Reform

Immigration and Naturalization Service

Better Business Bureau of the Southland

Contract State License Board

Orange County Register



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton