Sep 13 2013
Immigrants Face Arrests for Comprehensive Reform, While California Passes Two Major Laws Awaiting Gov. Brown’s Signature
More than a hundred women including about two dozen undocumented women, were arrested at the nation’s capital yesterday, calling for passage of a comprehensive immigration bill. The bold act was designed to jump start a stalled bill in Congress, that has been pushed to the back burner because of the debate on Syria, and the upcoming battle over a government spending bill.
A new report this week found, that in the absence of federal progress on immigration, nearly 400 immigration-related laws and resolutions were passed by 43 states and the District of Columbia. One of those states is California where two bills have made their way through both state houses while one was shelved.
The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, and the TRUST Act, both authored by San Francisco State Senator Tom Ammiano, head to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for a signature or veto. Both bills had previously passed and been vetoed by Brown. A bill allowing drivers licenses for immigrants was pulled, prompting some groups to launch protests.*
GUESTS: Andrea Mercado, Campaign Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network
* UPDATE: California Driver’s License Bill was eventually voted on late last night after initially being pulled. It passed the State Assembly and heads to Jerry Brown’s desk for a signature. Brown has said he intends on signing it.