Southern Californians looking for answers during first presidential debate
- October 4, 2012
- Leo Chavez, anthropology professor, is quoted in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune October 03, 2012
From the San Gabriel Valley Tribune:
However, neither is expected to devote much time or effort to the broader question of what to do with the estimated 11.5 million people in the country without documentation. The sweeping bipartisan naturalization and legalization plan introduced by Sens. Ted Kennedy and John McCain in 2005 under President George W. Bush never made it out of Congress. However, several experts say this plan offers a reasonable starting point for discussion. Some believe the nation should encourage inclusion and help immigrants maximize their possibilities for education and economic mobility. "Legal status for honest, hardworking, undocumented immigrants and their families would be a step in this direction, and one that is in the American tradition," said UC Irvine professor Leo Chavez in an email.
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