The numbers came in just minutes ago from the Pew Research Center -- one-point-four million Southern Californians are in the country illegally.
That's nearly thirteen-percent of the nation's total. LA and Orange Counties alone have a million residents here illegally. The news comes amid an ongoing national discussion about immigration, specifically what criteria do and do not constitute deportation under President Trump’s executive order on immigration, which took away most restrictions on who gets deported.
What are your questions about deportation criteria? Do you think deportation should be expanded? If so, what should the criteria be?
A Martinez also heads to the University of Redlands tonight to discuss the latest shift in immigration policy and what it means for us here in California. Find more event details here.
Kamal Essaheb, director of policy and advocacy for the National Immigration Law Center, an organization that works to advance the rights of low-income immigrants