Immigrant Day Celebrated in Sacramento

May 21, 2013

Over 500 immigrants and advocates convened in Sacramento yesterday in support of federal immigration reform and equitable state policies. Priority issues that were addressed to legislators are as follows. For more information about the listed policies visit http://www.caimmigrant.org

STATE BUDGET – PROTECT AND STRENGTHEN ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE FOR IMMIGRANTS by ensuring that recent lawfully present immigrants subject to the federal 5 year bar continue to have access to affordable health care as they currently do in state funded Medi-Cal; and ensuring access to healthcare for 3-4 million Californians who will remain uninsured, including one million people who are explicitly locked out of the ACA due to their immigration status.

AB 4 (Ammiano) – TRUST ACT would save local resources and rebuild confidence between local law enforcement and immigrant communities by limiting costly detentions of aspiring citizens in local jails solely for deportation purposes – community members who would otherwise be released.

AB 241 (Ammiano) – CA DOMESTIC WORKERS BILL OF RIGHTS will protect a vital workforce that has labored in the shadows without protections for too long. It will provide housekeepers, childcare providers and caregivers with overtime pay, meal & rest breaks, and ensure adequate sleeping conditions for live-in workers.

AB 60 (Alejo) – SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE DRIVER ACT would increase safety on the road by allowing virtually all Californians to apply for a driver’s license using a federal individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), other residency or identification documents specifically listed in the bill, or other documentation deemed appropriate by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. We support the bill as currently drafted, which does not require DMV to include any type of distinguishable markings on the licenses.

AB 817 (Bonta) – EXPAND POLL WORKER RECRUITMENT would expand the pool of available bilingual speakers to serve as county poll workers by allowing counties to recruit a specific number of lawful permanent residents (LPRs).

AJR 3 (Alejo) – ASSEMBLY JOINT RESOLUTION 3 ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

urges the President of the United States and members of Congress to take a humane and just approach to improving the nation’s immigration system.

SB 23 (Lara) – TASK FORCE ON IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION would require the Governor to establish a Task Force on New American Integration to provide recommendations on immigration integration, implementation of federal immigration reform, and establishment of an Office of New Americans.

ADDITIONAL BILLS

AB 263 (Hernandez) – RETALIATION AGAINST IMMIGRANT WORKERS – would make it unlawful for employers to retaliate against immigrant workers for exercising rights protected under state or local law.

AB 524 (Mullin) – EXTORTION BASED ON IMMIGRATION STATUS – would strengthen human rights protections for immigrants by including threats to report a person’s immigration status in the definition of extortion.

AB 1127 (Chau) – CA LANGUAGE ACCESS TASK FORCE – would require the Judicial Council to establish the California Language Access Task Force, which would develop a comprehensive statewide Language Access Plan for use by courts to address the needs to limited-English-proficient individuals.

AB 1164 (Lowenthal) – WAGE LIENS–FAIR PAYCHECK ACT would allow an employee or worker to record a lien on the real or personal property of his or her employer if the employer fails to pay the wages which the employee or worker is entitled.

AB 1195 (Eggman) – PUBLIC RECORDS: CRIME VICTIMS – would amend Government Code section 6254 and clarify that a state or local law enforcement agency cannot deny a victim of crime their crime report due to their immigration status.

SB 141 (Correa) – RESTORING HIGHER EDUCATION ACCESS AND AFFORDABILITY – would close a loophole in AB 540 and restore access to California colleges, universities and scholarships, as specified, for children who are U.S. citizens but are forced to live abroad as a result of their parent’s deportation

SB 344 (Padilla) – ENGLISH LEARNER SERVICES: EFFECTIVENESS REPORT – would require the Supervisor of Public Instruction to evaluate the effectiveness of English learner services provided by local educational agencies and report findings to the Governor and Legislature every two years, starting January 1, 2016.

SB 597 (Lara) – LEGAL AID: COURT INTERPRETERS – would require the Judicial Council to select up to 5 courts to participate in a pilot project (commencing July 1, 2014) to

provide interpreters in civil proceedings. Provisions of bill would be repealed on January 1, 2018.

SB 666 (Steinberg) – EMPOWERING IMMIGRANTS TO EXERCISE RIGHTS UNDER THE LAW WITHOUT FEAR OF RETALIATION – would empower workers to exercise their rights under CA law without fear that employers will retaliate by reporting their immigration status or that of their family members to government officials. The bill’s provisions will deter employers from violating the rights of immigrant workers.

SB 716 (Lara) – RESTORING HIGHER EDUCATION ACCESS AND AFFORDABILITY – would close a loophole in AB 540 and restore access to California colleges, universities and scholarships, as specified, for children who are U.S. citizens but are forced to live abroad as a result of their parent’s deportation.

ABx1 1 (Perez)– MEDI-CAL EXPANSION – commencing the implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on January 1, 2014, would extend Medi-Cal eligibility to specified adults and would require that income eligibility be determined based on modified adjusted gross income (MAGI).

SBx1 1 (Steinberg/Hernandez) – MEDI-CAL EXPANSION– commencing the implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on January 1, 2014, would extend Medi-Cal eligibility to specified adults and would require that income eligibility be determined based on modified adjusted gross income (MAGI).

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