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Petitioning California State Assembly and 2 others

California, Let Undocumented Immigrants Work Legally. Pass COPA!

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Supporters

The California Opportunity and Prosperity Act will provide undocumented immigrants in California with the opportunity to live and work legally in the state without fear of deportation. In order to qualify, people must have lived in the state of California for four years, have no criminal record, pay a fee to administer the program, and learn English.

In the past year, we have seen state legislation that continue to criminalize and dehumanize the immigrant community. It is time to turn the tide around and provide the undocumented community with the opportunity to work without worrying if they will come home to their families that night. As a state with one of the largest immigrant populations, California should be at the forefront of progressive immigration policies and pass the California Opportunity and Prosperity Act.

Sign the petition and tell the California State Assembly to pass COPA now!

Letter to
California State Assembly
California State House
California Governor
We, the undersigned, ask the California State Assembly to pass the California Opportunity and Prosperity Act (COPA).

The proposal, introduced by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, will provide undocumented immigrants in California with the opportunity to live and work legally in the state without fear of deportation. In order to qualify, people must have lived in the state of California for four years, have no criminal record, pay a fee to administer the program, and learn English.

The program, which Fuentes proposed alongside John Cruz, a Republican who formerly served as an appointment secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, will also benefit the state of California. Once someone qualifies for the program, they will be able to pay state income taxes which would bring in more than $300 million a year in revenue to the state of California. At a time when the state is struggling economically, adding a million tax payers to the system makes sense.

By allowing undocumented immigrants to work safely in the state, California will be acknowledging the hard work and dedication that this community brings to the state and the country. COPA’s approval will bring relief to the immigrant community in the state and allow them to work without fear of being separated from their families through deportation.

In the past year, we have seen state legislation that continue to criminalize and dehumanize the immigrant community. It is time to turn the tide around and provide the undocumented community with the opportunity to work without worrying if they will come home to their families that night. As a state with one of the largest immigrant populations, California should be at the forefront of progressive immigration policies and pass the California Opportunity and Prosperity Act.

We, the undersigned, urge the California State Assembly to pass the California Opportunity and Prosperity Act.

Sincerely,