RESILIENCE IN AN AGE OF INEQUALITY: Immigrant Contributions to California

2017 Report by CIPC (CA Immigrant Policy Center) In the wake of the 2016 Presidential election, communities across the nation have been grappling with profound questions about our political and economic systems. Perhaps no two themes have generated more intense discus-sion than those of racial justice and economic equity – and the lack thereof for far too many. At times, these issues have been posed as mutually exclusive. Yet the experiences of California’s immigrants – overwhelmingly people of color, and also a vital part of a labor force which generates great wealth yet suffers increasing inequality – offer a valuable bridge between these twin points. In the coming years, California is poised to play a unique role in defending fundamental human
rights from unprecedented attacks.