Shamasunder, Reshma

Reshma Shamasunder is the Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center, a statewide organization that advocates on behalf of immigrants and their families in the California legislature and state government.

On Immigrant Day, California Offers Signs of Hope

By Reshma Shamasunder
New America Media

Yesterday was the last day to register to vote in the June 5th election in California. Even though voter registration deadlines come and go each year, for immigrant communities in California this one is critical because there’s probably more at stake this election year for immigrants and their families than ever.

Yesterday hundreds of immigrants from across California converged on Sacramento to urge policy-makers to pass legislation that supports immigrant workers and their families. Immigrants in California have a reason to be hopeful. In 2011, the state passed landmark legislation benefiting immigrant communities, ranging from providing undocumented students financial assistance to changes in car impoundment policies. This show of civic engagement at the state level is important to our state as our national election nears.