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Congress appears on the verge of passing some version of a comprehensive immigration reform bill likely to include a provision legalizing millions of unauthorized immigrants for the first time since landmark immigration reform did the same in the mid 1980s….we asked a number of experts, “How can immigration reform best avoid attracting another wave of undocumented immigrants to Los Angeles?”… In responding to this question, it is perhaps important to emphasize at the outset that immigration reform does not attract undocumented immigrants. Immigrant workers are attracted to a thriving economy with jobs to be filled. If we want to lessen the number of undocumented workers, the solution is to provide a way for them to come as legal workers. And that is precisely what the current immigration reform proposals are trying to do… Leo R. Chavez is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

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