California has 2.6 million residents who are in the country illegally and thus would be heavily impacted by any immigration reform legislation, a massive new study by the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration concludes.
The state's undocumented population is about a quarter of the nation's, and about 72 percent comes from Mexico.
The study also found that California's illegal immigrants have $31.5 billion in income but individually earn less than half of U.S.-born workers, even though 74 percent of working-age immigrants are in the labor force.
PHOTO CREDIT: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, right, talks at the state Capitol on April 30 about his SB 516 and SB 666 on ensuring immigrants' rights, regardless of legal status. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee