02/26/2024

Editorial/Opinion: John Chiang: Immigration reform will boost the California economy

We humans have a history of dividing the world into “us” and “others.” As the son of immigrant parents, I saw firsthand the trepidation of those unready to transcend cultural differences with other Americans.
I know what it’s like to be labeled an “other.”
That’s why, in the current debate on immigration, I identify with the moral arguments that call for greater tolerance and diversity. But as the chief fiscal officer of a state eager for economic expansion, I believe earned citizenship is vital for the economic health of our great state.
Californians of the 21st century — citizens of a global world — understand the contributions of “others.” They are inseparably woven into the vibrancy, success and productivity of our state.

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