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    California immigration bills going down to the wire

    By Matt O'Brien


    Bay Area News Groupmercurynews.com

    Posted: 09/28/2012 02:22:03 PM PDT
    September 28, 2012 9:23 PM GMTUpdated: 09/28/2012 02:22:04 PM PDT



    High-profile immigrant advocates are unleashing a final surge of pressure on Gov. Jerry Brown, who has until Sunday to act on two bills that would make life easier for California's undocumented immigrants.
    One of them, AB 2189, would allow the state to grant driver's licenses to thousands of young Californians getting temporary work permits through a new Obama administration deportation relief policy.
    The federal relief is for illegal immigrants who are no older than 30 and were brought to the country before they turned 16 and meet other requirements, such as a high school diploma and clean record.
    Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, is confident Brown will sign the bill the lawmaker sponsored, his spokesman Conrado Terrazas said on Friday.
    Less sure of a victory this weekend are proponents of AB 1081, the Trust Act, which would limit county and city jails from holding illegal immigrants for federal deportation proceedings unless they have a record of serious or violent felonies.
    The driver license issue has been settled in some states, Texas, Virginia and Oregon among them, that have said they will allow driver's licenses for immigrants obtaining what the Obama administration calls "deferred action for childhood arrivals."
    Arizona and Nebraska have pledged to deny driver's licenses to anyone who benefits from the federal relief.
    Nationwide, more than 100,000 young immigrants have applied for the deferred
    deportations since the Department of Homeland Security began accepting applications on August 15, but only a few dozen have been approved. Federal officials have left it up to state governments to decide if they will grant licenses and other benefits to those getting the work authorization. California's DMV originally said it would grant the licenses, since it already accepts federal work permits as a valid form of documentation, but later said the state would need to clarify its rules.
    California voters oppose giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants on a 56 percent to 40 percent margin, but it is an important issue to Latino voters, 60 percent of whom support the licenses, according to a Field Poll released Friday. The poll did not specifically ask about Cedillo's bill, which affects a more limited population of youths who came to the country as children.
    The same poll found 67 percent of California voters support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants if they meet certain requirements.
    The Trust Act has a strong following. Its sponsor, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, is rallying with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and hundreds of other activists, and the cause has won endorsements from celebrity advocates in the past week, from actor Martin Sheen to Los Angeles Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahoney.
    The bill would lessen the high number of deportations that have come through the Secure Communities network, which sends the fingerprints of everyone arrested in the state to federal agents, who then request local law enforcement to detain suspected illegal immigrants after their local custody is completed. Brown, as attorney general, signed the state-federal partnership in 2009 and defended the program throughout his 2010 campaign for governor.
    The Obama administration considers Secure Communities a centerpiece of its enforcement priorities to deport criminals from the country, but critics say the program deports far too many non-criminals and people picked up for traffic violations and other low-level offenses.
    Signing the bill "would mark a turning point for California and the country away from the discrimination that's rampant in Arizona and toward the inclusion we value in California," said spokesman B. Loewe of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.
    Most of the state's county sheriffs oppose the bill, saying it would interfere with their work and force them to defy federal enforcement prerogatives.

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    This article makes it sound like Jerry Brown needs to sign these bills for them to become law? I thought they become law in California after the deadline as long as Brown does not Veto them???

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALIPAC View Post
    This article makes it sound like Jerry Brown needs to sign these bills for them to become law? I thought they become law in California after the deadline as long as Brown does not Veto them???

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALIPAC View Post
    This article makes it sound like Jerry Brown needs to sign these bills for them to become law? I thought they become law in California after the deadline as long as Brown does not Veto them???

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    Brown can do one of 3 things.
    Sign the bill and it becomes law.
    Veto it.
    Let it become law without his signature.
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    Jerry Brown calls it a day, with 108 bills to go before deadline

    Jerry Brown calls it a day, with 108 bills to go before deadline

    Gov. Jerry Brown has 108 bills left to dispatch before tomorrow night's bill-signing deadline, all of which will come on Sunday, his office said.

    The Democratic governor announced signing or vetoing about 90 bills today, before his press secretary, Gil Duran, said on Twitter, "That's all for bills today."

    Of the 659 bills he has had handled so far this month, the Democratic governor has vetoed 84.


    That veto rate - nearly 13 percent - is close to the about 14 percent rate Brown posted last year. It remains far higher than when Brown was governor before, from 1975 to 1983, and vetoed fewer than 5 percent of regular session bills.

    Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown calls it a day, with 108 bills to go before deadline
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