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Thursday, October 17, 2013

California Immigration Reform

While Washington remains gridlocked on immigration reform, California has passed several new bills that give immediate relief to immigrants in our great state. Read more…

Source:  LexisNexis Legal Newsroom, Oct. 7, 2013

AB 60: Extends the legal right to drive on the state’s roadways to millions of Californians;

AB 4:    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:  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 524:            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. This gives relief to vulnerable victims of abuse at home and in the workplace.

AB 1024:  Allows applicants, who are not lawfully present in the United States, to be admitted as an attorney at law.

AB 1159:  Imposes various restrictions and obligations on persons who offer services related to comprehensive immigration reform.

SB 141:            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:            Authorizes a community college district to exempt pupils attending community colleges as a special part-time student from paying nonresident tuition.

SB 666:            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.

Source:  LexisNexis Legal Newsroom, Oct. 7, 2013

For full text of the bills, visit: http://leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html." - Office of Gov. Brown, Oct. 5, 2013


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