According to the Public Policy Institute of California, the state of California is home to more than 10 million immigrants. In 2015, 27% of the state’s population consisted of individuals born outside of the United States, which is about twice the percentage of the rest of the U.S. In fact, in eight California counties, more than 30% of the population is foreign-born.
Half of all children living in the state of California have one immigrant parent. Most of California’s immigrants have some type of legal status; only about 25% of the California immigrant population is without legal status. Almost half of California’s immigrants are naturalized U.S. citizens, and another quarter of the immigrants have some other type of legal status. Overall, however, California’s immigration rate has slowed significantly over the years. In the 1990’s, for instance, California’s immigrant population grew by about 37%, or 2.4 million immigrants. Between 2000 and 2010, however, immigrant growth in the state decreased to 15%, or 1.3 million immigrants. Likewise, in the past ten years, the immigrant growth rate has fallen to 11%, or just over one million immigrants.
The majority of California immigrants are from Latin America (52%) or Asia (39%). California has large numbers of immigrants from a number of countries, including Mexico, China, the Philippines, India, and Vietnam. Between 2011 and 2015, however, the majority of immigrants arriving in California were Asian (53%), rather than individuals coming from Latin America (22%). Over twice as many Asians as Latin American natives entered the state of California during that time period.
With one of the larger immigrant populations in the U.S., California residents are rightfully concerned about the fate of all immigrants under the Trump administration. The fact remains that many individuals, whether in California or other states, are subject to deportation by immigration officials due to their lack of legal immigration status.
If you are facing deportation, you need the help of Oakland deportation defense attorneys who can advocate on your behalf and help you work toward a legal immigration status. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we are here to help you maintain the life that you have worked so hard to build with your family in the United States. Take the first step by calling our office at (510) 756-4468 as quickly as possible, and schedule a free evaluation today.