Column: Are immigrants better off in Texas or California? It’s complicated| Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — América Ramirez Lomeli, named for the Mexican soccer team, did everything right as an immigrant.
Growing up in California’s capital, she excelled in school. She volunteered, racking up more than 2,000 hours of extracurriculars by the time she graduated. She collected toys for the children’s hospital that helped her brother after he fell from a roof, and, at her mother’s command, she stayed calm when police were nearby so they did not attract unwanted attention.