“Our friends at the Center for Immigration Studies just this week announced that their analysis of census data shows that "the nation's immigrant population (legal and illegal) hit a record high of 42.1 million in the second quarter of this year - an increase of 1.7 million since the same quarter of 2014." This means that the noncitizens now comprise "13.3
percent of the nation's total population - the largest share in 105 years.”
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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