Immigration is well known to have been the foundation of the success of the United States. By nature, every American has roots in some other country. People from other countries and citizenships can be found in states throughout the nation. With California’s proximity to the Mexican border and the Pacific Ocean, it boasts a robust level of immigration activity. One of the elements of immigration law is that anyone in the United States from another country without proper approval or documentation can be considered a criminal.
This concept was not supported by the Attorney General of California in a recent interview. The Attorney General referenced homicide as one form of criminal action. She then clearly differentiated having an undocumented immigrant status from that. Her calls to rethink the criminal label for people in this category received both praise and critiques. Groups such as the Coalition for Human Rights of Los Angeles were supportive of the belief that a criminal conviction should not be achieved simply for being an undocumented migrant.