GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS AB 60
LOS ANGELES – Joining immigrant rights, community, faith, law enforcement and local elected leaders in Los Angeles and Fresno, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed AB 60, extending the legal right to drive on the state’s roadways to millions more Californians.
“When a million people without their documents drive legally and with respect in the state of California, the rest of this country will have to stand up and take notice,” said Governor Brown. “No longer are undocumented people in the shadows. They are alive and well and respected in the state of California.”
AB 60 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) requires the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue a driver’s license to undocumented persons who can prove identity and California residency and meet all other licensing requirements, such as passing the written and behind-the-wheel driving exams. The law becomes operative no later than January 1, 2015.
Studies done by the DMV and AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that unlicensed drivers were more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than validly-licensed drivers. AB 60 will help make the roads safer by broadening the state’s effort to ensure that all California drivers are properly trained, tested, licensed and insured.
For more: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18246
GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION
SACRAMENTO – As advocates rally across the nation today to urge Congress to adopt comprehensive immigration reform, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation to enhance school, workplace and civil protections for California’s hardworking immigrants.
“While Washington waffles on immigration, California’s forging ahead,” said Governor Brown. “I’m not waiting.”
Immigration reform advocates are rallying today in cities across the United States to call on the U.S. House of Representatives to give legal status to undocumented U.S. residents.
While gridlock continues in Washington, California continues to move forward on immigration reform. On Thursday, Governor Brown signed AB 60, extending the legal right to drive on the state’s roadways to millions of Californians and in October 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 131, the California Dream Act.
The Governor signed the following bills today:
• AB 4 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) – Prohibits a law enforcement official from detaining an individual on the basis of a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold after that individual becomes eligible for release from custody, unless specified conditions are met.
• AB 35 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) – Provides that immigration consultants, attorneys, notaries public, and organizations accredited by the United States Board of Immigration Appeals are the only individuals authorized to charge a fee for providing services associated with filing an application under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s deferred action program.
• AB 60 by Assembly Member Alejo – Requiring DMV to issue a driver license to applicants [legal U.S. citizens as well as non-U.S. citizens] who can prove identity and California residence and meet all other licensing requirements, such as passing the driver license knowledge and behind-the-wheel driving exams.
• AB 524 by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) – Provides that a threat to report the immigration status or suspected immigration status of an individual or the individual’s family may induce fear sufficient to constitute extortion.
• AB 1024 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Allows applicants, who are not lawfully present in the United States, to be admitted as an attorney at law.
• AB 1159 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Imposes various restrictions and obligations on persons who offer services related to comprehensive immigration reform.
• SB 141 by Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) – Requires that the California Community Colleges and the California State University, and requests that the University of California, exempt a United States citizen who resides in a foreign country, and is in their first year as a matriculated student, from nonresident tuition if the student demonstrates financial need, has a parent or guardian who was deported or voluntarily departed from the U. S., lived in California immediately before moving abroad, and attended a secondary school in California for at least three years.
• SB 150 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) – Authorizes a community college district to exempt pupils attending community colleges as a special part-time student from paying nonresident tuition.
• SB 666 by Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) – Provides for a suspension or revocation of an employer’s business license for retaliation against employees and others on the basis of citizenship and immigration status, and establishes a civil penalty up to $10,000 per violation.
Full text of the bills: http://leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html
Weekly Address: Time for Congress to Pass Commonsense Immigration Reform
Remarks of President Barack Obama
The White House
June 22, 2013
Hi everybody. Right now, the United States Senate is debating a bipartisan, commonsense bill that would be an important step toward fixing our broken immigration system.
It’s a bill that would continue to strengthen security at our borders, and hold employers more accountable if they knowingly hire undocumented workers, so they won’t have an unfair advantage over businesses that follow the law.
It’s a bill that would modernize the legal immigration system so that, as we train American workers for the jobs of tomorrow, we’re also attracting the highly skilled entrepreneurs and engineers who grow our economy for everyone.
It’s a bill that would provide a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million individuals who are in this country illegally – a pathway that includes passing a background check, learning English, paying taxes and a penalty, then going to the back of the line behind everyone trying to come here legally.
And, a few days ago, a report from the Congressional Budget Office definitively showed that this bipartisan, commonsense bill will help the middle class grow our economy and shrink our deficits, by making sure that every worker in America plays by the same set of rules and pays taxes like everyone else.
According to this independent report, reforming our immigration system would reduce our deficits by almost a trillion dollars over the next two decades. And it will boost our economy by more than 5 percent, in part because of businesses created, investments made, and technologies invented by immigrants.
This comes on the heels of another report from the independent office that monitors Social Security’s finances, which says that this immigration bill would actually strengthen the long-term health and solvency of Social Security for future generations.
Because with this bill, millions of additional people will start paying more in taxes for things like Social Security and education. That’ll make the economy fairer for middle-class families.
So that’s what comprehensive immigration reform looks like. Stronger enforcement. A smarter legal immigration system. A pathway to earned citizenship. A more vibrant, growing economy that’s fairer on the middle class. And a more stable fiscal future for our kids.
Now, the bill isn’t perfect. It’s a compromise. Nobody is going to get everything they want – not Democrats, not Republicans, not me. But it’s consistent with the principles that I and others have laid out for commonsense reform. That’s why Republicans and Democrats, CEOs and labor leaders, are saying that now is the time to pass this bill. If you agree with us, reach out to your Senators and Representatives. Tell them that the time for excuses is over; it’s time to fix our broken immigration system once and for all.
We can do this, because we are a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants; a place enriched by the contributions of people from all over the world, and stronger for it. That’s been the story of America from the start. Let’s keep it going. Thanks, and have a great weekend.
Learn more about President Obama’s plan for Immigration Reform
Twenty years after Prop. 187, attitudes toward illegal immigration have changed dramatically in California
11/22/2014 06:05:36 PM PST By Josh Richman and David E. Early – mercurynews
Twenty years ago this month, 59 percent of California voters passed a ballot measure designed to set up a state-run immigration system and deny most public benefits — including K-12 education — to illegal immigrants. Proposition 187 was widely viewed as one of the harshest anti-immigrant measures in the country.
But when President Barack Obama last week signed executive orders to protect about 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, there were only muted protests in the Golden State. And polls show that more Californians back Obama on this than oppose him.
“It’s a very different atmosphere from what we had in the 1990s, when there was more fear,” said pollster Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California.
He said California has found that “if you’re going to have a strong economy, you’ve got to have an immigration policy that’s working for you” — from Central Valley farms, to restaurants and hotels, to domestic work in homes across the state.
There’s no doubt that the California of 2014 is a much different place than the California of 1994. It’s much less white, and a whole lot more blue at the ballot box. Most of all, it’s a state — unlike much of the nation — that has come to see illegal immigration as a fact of life.
While employing and living alongside these immigrants, Californians see in them reflections of their own families, said Mark Silverman, immigration policy director at the San Francisco-based Immigrant Resource Legal Center. An immigration attorney since 1983, he recalls his grandmother weeping as she described escaping to America from Ukraine’s anti-Jewish pogroms.
“We need to remember the tears of our grandmothers,” he said.
In hindsight, the change began almost immediately after the passage of Proposition 187.
The Rev. Jon Pedigo remembers he was so angry that he instantly started planning a march from his parish in Morgan Hill to St. Joseph’s Cathedral in San Jose.
“I said, ‘I’m going to take that frickin’ cross from the church and I’m gonna walk to the downtown cathedral and demand that something be done,'” said Pedigo, now pastor of East San Jose’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. The next morning he led 250 people on the 21-mile walk.
“We filled the cathedral. We filled the park. It was amazing,” he said. “We said, ‘We will not put up with this, and we want God on our side.'”
Watching Obama on television Friday as he spoke in Las Vegas about his executive actions, Pedigo mused that California’s powerful transformation on the illegal immigration issue is rooted in the traditions of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez. Both, he said, understood that “you don’t start with power — you start with people, and people grow into their power. Now, today in California, you can’t get elected if you are anti-immigrant.”
Baldassare’s institute in September found that 61 percent of Californians believe immigrants are a benefit to the state because of their hard work and job skills, compared with 32 percent who said they’re a burden because they use public services. That’s a far cry from when PPIC first asked the question in April 1998 and a roughly equal number of Californians felt each way.
Early this year, PPIC found that 86 percent of California adults favored providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. And with Congress dragging its feet, the Field Poll found in late August that 46 percent of California voters favored Obama issuing an executive order to make broad changes to the nation’s immigration policies; 36 percent were opposed.
But former Republican Gov. Pete Wilson, who championed Proposition 187 two decades ago, told this newspaper that Californians who support the president’s action “frankly haven’t thought about it very much.”
For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/census/ci_26994670/twenty-years-after-prop-187-attitudes-toward-illegal
Presidential Memorandum — Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees
President Obama established a White House Task Force on New Americans, an interagency effort to identify and support State and local efforts at integration that are working and to consider how to expand and replicate successful models. The Task Force, which will engage with community, business, and faith leaders, as well as State and local elected officials, will help determine additional steps the Federal Government can take to ensure its programs and policies are serving diverse communities that include new Americans.
Presidential Memorandum — Modernizing and Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System for the 21st Century
President Obama ordered a modernization and streamling of the U.S. immigration system
Department of Homeland Security Fixing Our Broken Immigration System Through Executive Action – Key Facts