|By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times|
The study, which was conducted in conjunction with the California Immigrant Policy Center, was based on census data and other statistics, including data from the
Among the study's findings:
–Immigrants who are in
–Half of the immigrants in the state illegally have been here for at least 10 years.
–Roughly 58% do not have health insurance.
–Nearly three in four live in households that include U.S. citizens.
USC sociology professor
"It's a population deeply embedded in the labor market, neighborhoods and social fabric of the state," said Pastor, who is a co-director of
Advocates for more inclusive immigration policy say the data show the important economic contributions of immigrants here without permission, who they believe should be rewarded with legal status.
"Every one of
But those who call for stricter enforcement of existing immigration laws say assessments of immigrants' share of the GDP does not account for the large cost governments incur in providing schools and other services to immigrants here without permission.
"A bigger economy doesn't mean the people are richer," he said.
The USC study also looked at the impact of immigration on the
It found that of the 4.4 million immigrants living in the greater
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