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Undocumented immigrants need protection from injustices of broken national system

SACRAMENTO – Legislative leaders today announced a 10-bill package to protect hardworking undocumented immigrants from fraud, discrimination, lack of health care, and the unintended consequences of our criminal justice system.

“The Immigrants Shape California Legislative Package will not erase all the challenges our undocumented residents face. The work is far from finished,” said Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León. “But this package demonstrates our commitment to making California a state that works for all of us.”

“With these bills California will again show the kind of practical, humane, and forward-thinking leadership that we hope can move the needle on the national discussion,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins.

Assemblymember Das Williams, Chair of the Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus and Assemblymember Luis Alejo, Chair of the Latino Legislative Caucus spoke in favor of the Immigrants Shape California bill package, along with immigrant-rights advocates, and undocumented foreign-born residents. Also attending in support were Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, Chair of the Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus; Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus; Senator Marty Block, Chair of the Legislative Jewish Caucus; and Senator Isadore Hall, III, Vice-Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus.

Delia de la Vara, National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Vice President, California: “NCLR California is excited to support the Immigrants Shape California Legislative Package announced by Senate Pro Tem De León and Speaker Atkins. This package illustrates an unassailable truth: that immigrants are part of our economic and social engine, and that their fair treatment will only strengthen their contributions to California’s progress. Congress should take note; this is yet one more example of how California is leading the way.”

Advocates joined the legislators to support the legislative roll out: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education (ASPIRE), California Immigrant Policy Center, California Labor Federation, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), California Primary Care Association, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, Central American Resource Center, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Immigration Center for Women and Children, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), PICO California, and the William C. Velasquez Institute. WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

The package of Assembly and Senate bills focuses on a variety of immigrant-rights issues, including: protection from unscrupulous employers and immigration consultants, ensuring adequate legal representation, affordable health care, protection for crime victims, and protections against discrimination from business establishments.



Immigrants Shape California Legislative Bill Package:
SB 10 (Lara) Office of New Americans
SB 4 (Lara) Health Care for All
AB 622 (Roger Hernandez) Protecting Immigrant Workers from Unscrupulous Employers
SB 600 (Pan) Civil Rights Protection for California’s Immigrants
AB 60 (Gonzalez) Thwarting Immigration Services Fraud
SB 674 (De León & Atkins) Immigrant Victims of Crime Equity Act
AB 899 (Levine) Juvenile Confidentiality
AB 1343 (Thurmond) Ensuring Due Process for Immigrant Defendants
AB 900 (Levine) Extension of Probate Jurisdiction to Protect Vulnerable Immigrant Children
AB 1352 (Eggman) Preventing Unintended Immigration Consequences for Rehabilitated Immigrants

CONTACT: De León: Claire Conlon (916) 651-4024; Atkins: John Casey (916) 319-2408; Alejo: Michelle Reyes (916) 319-2030; Williams: Darcel Elliot (805) 564-1649