“According to Immigration and Customers Enforcement data first obtained by the Associated Press this week, about 70 percent of the 40,000 migrant family members arrested at the border since May did not follow up their arrest with a necessary visit to an immigration office.”
Bill 35 targets a select group of undocumented immigrants, participants in President
Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, who came to the
United States as youths and have lived generally productive lives for numerous
Jerry Brown signed legislation, effective Jan. 1, that enables participants in
the federal program to obtain California driver's licenses. AB 35 would provide
them with rights to a state ID card, unemployment benefits and
state-administered medical services.
35 was proposed by Assemblyman Roger Hernández, a West Covina Democrat who was
named chairman of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee this month.
embodies the greatest diversity in the world," Hernández said in a written
statement. "We recognize we will need the collective skills and talents of
these young immigrants to aid out state in reaching our true potential."
labor committee chairman, Hernández said, "I am ready to carry my part in
making sure their integration into our workforce, economy and society becomes a
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