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Immigrant California
Understanding the Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Policy
Edited by David Scott FitzGerald and John D. Skrentny

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If California were its own country, it would have the world's fifth largest immigrant population. The way these newcomers are integrated into the state will shape California's schools, workforce, businesses, public health, politics, and culture. In Immigrant California, leading experts in U.S. migration provide cutting-edge research on the incorporation of immigrants and their descendants in this bellwether state. California, unique for its diverse population, powerful economy, and progressive politics, provides important lessons for what to expect as demographic change comes to most states across the country. Contributors to this volume cover topics ranging from education systems to healthcare initiatives and unravel the sometimes-contradictory details of California's immigration history. By examining the past and present of immigration policy in California, the volume shows how a state that was once the national leader in anti-immigrant policies quickly became a standard-bearer of greater accommodation. California's successes, and its failures, provide an essential road map for the future prosperity of immigrants and natives alike.

About the authors

David Scott FitzGerald is Theodore E. Gildred Chair in U.S.-Mexican Relations, Professor of Sociology, and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California San Diego.

John D. Skrentny is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research at the University of California San Diego.

"Throughout U.S. history, California has offered some of the most welcoming–and most xenophobic–responses to newcomers. This volume closely looks at the immigration lessons from this state, home to one of the largest immigrant populations in the world."

—Kevin Johnson, Dean, University of California, Davis School of Law

"How should public policies respond to immigration? This impressive, data-driven collection of research answers this pressing question with systematic analysis over time and across groups. The experts featured in this volume provide evidence-based insights and recommendations that will help lead California and the nation to a more inclusive, healthy, and prosperous shared future."

—Janelle Wong, Professor of Government and Politics & American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park