7 immigration reform bills await Gov. Brown’s signature

7 immigration reform bills await Gov. Brown’s signature


[trib_ndn vid=25204469]SAN DIEGO — As Congress fails to bring immigration reform to a vote, the California legislature is taking matters into its own hands and moving it forward.

Maria Guillen, who’s undocumented and has worked and lived in San Diego for the past 20 years, said she’s lost all hope that Congress will pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Screen Shot 2013-09-26 at 8.44.04 PM“I thought it would happen,” said Guillen.

“What you see now is that frustration boiling up into legislation,” said California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, author of two of the several bills which could soon extend many of the same rights held by U.S. citizens to an estimated 2.5 million immigrants living in California illegally.

These include being a member of a jury, practicing law and getting a driver license.

Other measures would bar police from turning over immigrants with minor offenses for deportation, make it illegal for employers to retaliate against workers by threatening to…

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