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CHIRLA policy victories for 2016

What did we accomplish this year?

Dear Supporter:

The federal government has failed to provide a solution to fix our immigration status. As a result of this failure and voting power of communities of color in the golden state, our state is leading to protect and integrate immigrants into our society.

This year with your support the Golden State is shining again by approving pro-immigrant legislation. CHIRLA co-sponsored six state proposal, supported and monitored other sixteen state proposals.  These proposals seek to streamline current resources to advance immigrant integration; strengthen the criminal justice system to ensure and affirm due process for all; foster community policing models that rebuild trust between law enforcement and immigrants; and invest in equitable opportunities in education for immigrants and their children.

 

Co-Sponsor Bills

AB 2009 (Lopez) – Dream Liaisons – Urges institutions of higher education and school boards to create “Dream Resource Centers.” Further, it requires California public colleges and universities to have a designated staff person known as the “Dream Resource Liaison” to provide undocumented students with adequate support during their college experience and who is knowledgeable of all resources that are opportunities available to them. This bill was co-sponsored by the California Dream Network, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, and Student Senate for California Community Colleges.

Status: Vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown

 

AB 2298 (Weber) – Accurate Shared Databases – Creates a transparent and accountable process for the usage of shared databases that classifies individuals as potential gang members. This bill was co-sponsored by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, National Immigration Law Center, Policy Link, Urban Peace Institute, and Youth Justice Coalition.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown

 

AB 2566 (Nazarian) – Access to Public Notaries – This bill seeks to ensure that public notaries accept other forms of identification such as foreign passports and consular identification cards in order to provide their services. This bill was sponsored by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown

 

SB 443 (Mitchell) – Strengthens Due Process Forfeit Assets Protections – Strengthens state protections by requiring a conviction in most cases before state and local law enforcement agencies may permanently keep people’s property. This conviction requirement addresses a gap in the law that currently allows state and local law enforcement agencies to bypass state law in favor of federal law, a practice that opens the door to abuse. This bill was co-sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of California, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Drug Policy Alliance, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Institute for Justice.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown

 

SB 1015 (Leyva) – Domestic Worker Bill of Rights – Continues the success from AB 241 (2013), which granted overtime protections to California’s privately hired domestic workers. This bill would remove the sunset provision and make the law’s provisions permanent. This bill was co-sponsored by the California Domestic Workers Coalition, CHIRLA is a member of its steering committee.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown

 

SB 1242 (Lara) – Misdemeanor Sentencing – In 2014 in California the maximum sentence for a misdemeanor was reduced from 365 days to 364 days. This bill seeks to ensure that this law effective retroactively. This bill was co-sponsored by the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Latino Coalition for Healthy California, Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, and Mexican American Legal Defense Fund.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown

 

Supported Bills

Access to Health & Human Services

AB 1770 (Alejo) – Expands food aid through the Food Assistance Program to noncitizens who are lawfully present in the U.S.

Status: Vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown

 

SB 10 (Lara) – Seeks to expand access to healthcare to undocumented adults and allows them to purchase a health plan through Covered California.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, pending federal approval.

 

Access to Education

AB 1846 (Lopez) – Appropriates additional funding to the adult education consortiums to restore the services they offer to adult students.

Status: Not approved by the Legislature

 

AB 2434 (Bonta) – Creates a blue ribbon commission to develop a long-term plan to make college tuition free by 2030.

Status: Not approved by the Legislature

 

SB 1139 (Lara) – Provides the opportunity to undocumented students to compete for scholarships and loan repayments available under the Health Profession Education Foundation program.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown

 

Civil Rights & Due Process Protections  

AB 2159 (Gonzalez) – Ensures that an undocumented immigrant receives a fair and just compensation for future income loss and medical costs, as a result of a personal injury settlement/judgment.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown

 

AB 2792 (Bonta) – The law will guarantee the "right to know" if ICE is targeting community members in jails, and the "right to say no" to abusive interrogation requests where deportation agents coerce, intimidate, and violate immigrants’ fundamental rights.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown

 

SB 966 (Mitchell) – Repeals the current ineffective sentencing enhancements for specific drug offenses under which a defendant may receive an additional 3 years for each prior conviction.

Status: Not approved by the Legislature

 

SB 1289 (Lara) – Seeks to prohibit private, for-profit companies from operating immigrant detention facilities in California.

Status: Vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown

 

Labor Rights

AB 1066  (Gonzalez) – Provides phase-in overtime for farm workers.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown

 

SB 1001 (Mitchel) – Strengthens labor protections by preventing unscrupulous employers for requiring more or different documents than are required by federal law as prerequisite for employment.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown

 

SB 1063 (Hall) – Prohibits employers from paying employees a wage rate less than the rate paid to other employees of a different race or ethnicity for substantially similar work.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown