Our Region's Story of Immigration


With national attention on all aspects of the immigration issue, what is the real story of how our region is being affected?

During our June Summer Salon, we gathered with fundholders to learn how national and local policies on immigration differ, and to better understand the human impact of those policies. We heard from immigration thought-leaders and those who provide support services to immigrants across the gamut — from documented and undocumented immigrants to refugees:

  • Kevin Johnson, Dean, UC Davis Law School, on the historical and legal contexts of immigration reform efforts, and their potential impact on our region and its immigrants;
  • Belinda Kirk, Vice Principal, Luther Burbank High School, on helping immigrant students and their families as they face uncertain futures;
  • Christelle Picque, Director of Operations, Opening Doors, Inc., on the vital assistance the nonprofit sector is providing to refugees; and
  • Gabby Trejo, Organizer, Sacramento ACT, on her faith-based organization’s work offering sanctuary and legal defense for immigrants.
Our panelists (from left to rright): Picque, Trejo, Johnson, and Kirk

Related Resources

Please explore this topic further by browsing the resources below, recommended by our panelists:

Stress Related to Immigration Status in Teens: A Brief Guide for Schools (PDF)

In L.A., teens balance high school with planning in case their parents are deported (L.A. Times)

Fundholders chat with panelists after the Salon

Highlights from the Salon

Gabby Trejo and Kevin Johnson answer the following questions: Why don't undocumented immigrants follow a legal process to become residents? What barriers do they encounter?

Listen to the Summer Salon Podcast

Were you unable to attend the Summer Salon? We are happy to send fundholders an audio recording of the event, which has been lightly edited for length and clarity. Please contact Fundholder Resources for more information! 

Fundholders like May Lee came ready to ask questions and learn

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