Are immigrants happier in Texas or California? It’s surprising

LA Times | December 4, 2023
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Growing up in California’s capital, she excelled in school. She volunteered, racking up more than 2,000 hours of extracurriculars by the time she graduated. She collected toys for the children’s hospital that helped her brother after he fell from a roof, and, at her mother’s command, she stayed calm when police were nearby so they did not attract unwanted attention. 

But none of it was enough. She didn’t have papers. 

When she graduated from UC Davis with a double degree this summer, she lacked the one thing she required for success — the legal right to work.

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