CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

What Will 11.2 Million Legalizations Do?

Assessing the Impact of the New Immigration Bill on Los Angeles and the Nation

Exactly seven years ago, on May 1, 2006, millions of people in cities across America took to the streets to protest against harsh proposed changes in immigration policy. Today, a very different sort of legislation is on the table—an immigration reform bill that will change the legal status of millions of people already in the U.S. and possibly bring in many more millions of people from all economic strata, all over the world. At a Zócalo/Azteca America Event presented in partnership with the California Community Foundation at the California Endowment, a panel of scholars asked what this legislation’s passage might mean for Los Angeles, California, and the nation. “What happens when 11 million people move from this kind of outcast status to membership in our society?” asked Roberto Suro, director of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and the evening’s moderator. …