California Gov. Jerry Brown has been working hard to sign bills into law that will speed up the assmilation of immigrants in the country illegally -- at least throughout California. A study conducted by the University of Southern California found that over 2.6 million people in the state of California, the majority being Latinos, do not have legal status.
“While Washington waffles on immigration, California’s forging ahead,” Brown said while signing several immigration bills. “I’m not waiting.”
Throughout the past few months, California has shown that it is trying to do the most it can for immigration, while the country's immigration overhaul remains stalled. Here are 5 ways the Golden State has accomplished this, so far:
1. Undocumented immigrants will now be allowed to practice law. This California law grew out of the case of Sergio Garcia, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who was brought to the United States as a baby, and later graduated from a California law school. Because of his undocumented status, he was not allowed to obtain his legal license, but that all changed after the signing of Assembly Bill 1024.
2. Signing of the Trust Act. Under this new law, immigrants in the U.S. illegally would have to be charged with or convicted of a serious offense to be eligible for a 48-hour hold and transfered to U.S. immigration authorities for possible deportation.