Conference Explores Challenges & Economic Impact of Undocumented Immigrants in California

Cal Lutheran research study and conference will separate myths from realities
By: California Lutheran University
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Jan. 31, 2024 - PRLog -- Undocumented immigrants contribute more than $151 billion to California's economy, according to the 2023 study "Demographic Profile and Economic Impact of Undocumented Immigrants in California: Separating Myths from Realities" by Jamshid Damooei, Ph.D., of California Lutheran University School of Management's Center for Economics of Social Issues (CESI). To discuss and explore the findings, Cal Lutheran is holding the timely conference, "Separating Myths from Realities: Challenges Undocumented Immigrants Face and Their Economic Impact in California." The conference will be from 8 a.m. – noon on Feb. 22 in the Lundring Events Center on the Cal Lutheran campus.

The half-day conference aims to bring attention to the moral and economic necessity of helping the integration of immigrants into Californian society. A keynote panel of immigration experts will share their perspectives, the result of decades of work in their areas, on how to bring attention to the needs of undocumented immigrants in the state. Damooei will also release the 2023 study, which defines the socioeconomic profile and economic impacts of California's undocumented immigrants.

"Our goal is to separate common myths from reality regarding undocumented immigrants' lives and their economic contribution in the region and the state of California," said Damooei, a Cal Lutheran economics professor and executive director of CESI.

Dr. Sabith Khan, program director of the Masters of Public Policy and Administration program at Cal Lutheran, will moderate the panel. Panelists include Álvaro de Regil Castilla, executive director, The Jus Semper Global Alliance; Dr. Thai V. Le, research scientist, USC Dornsife Equity Research Institute, which produces data-driven analysis and rigorous research; Lindsay Toczylowski, co-founder and executive director, Immigrant Defenders Law Center; and Apolonio "Polo" Morales, deputy director of programs and campaigns at the California Immigrant Policy Center.

"The study sheds light on the enormous and irreplaceable economic contribution of undocumented immigrants in California. It will put a human face on the tragedy of the way undocumented immigrants are isolated and treated, even though more than 73% of them have lived in the United States for over 10 years," Damooei added.

At Cal Lutheran, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, Calif.  Tickets are $40 for community members. Learn more at (

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