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Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) Biography

Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“Almost all observers and policymakers agree that our current federal immigration policies are in dire need of change. A number of proposals have been submitted in Congress to address illegal immigration. Some proposals concentrate primarily on enforcement – including the construction of a fence along the entire US-Mexico border and the denial of citizenship to US-born children of illegal immigrants. Others focus on legalization and guest worker programs.

To be successful, policy reforms must address the root economic cause of illegal immigration: jobs. Internally, one option is to develop meaningful employer sanctions, which should be accompanied by an accurate means of determining an individual’s right to live and work in the United States. More broadly, economic development in sending countries will reduce the pressure to migrate. Policies that encourage investment (foreign aid or foreign direct investment) in their economies could foster such development.”

“At Issue: Illegal Immigration,”, July 2011


“A nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, PPIC is committed to shaping a better future for California by providing essential information and framing policy debates.

Our research is high quality, far-reaching, and timely. We respond to immediate policy changes, and we lead efforts to focus on the key decisions that need to be made today to improve California tomorrow.”

“PPIC Brochure,” (accessed Dec. 30, 2016)


“Our mission is to inform and improve public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research.”

“Mission, Vision & Values,” (accessed Dec. 30, 2016)

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