Yesterday, Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California and former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, joined National Journal‘s ”The Next America: Population 2043” town hall in San Jose, California, where she discussed how California is taking a unique approach to immigration challenges and opportunities. DREAMer Sarahi Salamanca highlighted challenges facing undocumented students seeking educational and workforce opportunities in a panel discussion with former Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa and California State Assembly Member Rocky Chavez. Later, tech leaders Lars Dalgaard, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and Pierre-Jean “PJ” Cobut, Echo Labs co-founder, discussed how high-skilled immigration reform is essential to California’s economy and prospects for future job creation.
Napolitano spoke specifically about the success of California’s program that allows undocumented students to receive financial aid and emphasized the importance of increasing access to education for minority students.
“Look at the talent we have in this state,” Mayor Villaraigosa said, referring to Salamanca. Later, Villaraigosa underscored the need for California to invest in its students – regardless of immigration status.
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The Next America: Population 2043 was hosted by Emerson Collective, National Journal Live, and FWD.us.