California is no longer the best option

SACRAMENTO-- For decades California has been a favorite destination for millions of illegal immigrants who come looking for new employment opportunities and a better lifestyle.

According to a new Public Policy Institute of California study released last week, this situation has begun to change because undocumented immigrants no longer see the Golden State as their best alternative.

According to the study, for years California has been the leading state with the highest number of undocumented immigrants -- more than 2.6 million -- but because of recent anti-immigrant measures and the high unemployment rate, those numbers are diminishing.

"Measures to arrest immigrants at the border; the increase in deportations; and the high unemployment rate in California have made many undocumented immigrants go for other states, especially to the south," said Hans Johnson, one of the study's authors.

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