Thursday, March 27, 2008

California Legislators Introduce Spate of Anti-Immigrant Proposals

Members of the California State Assembly introduced a series of measures intended to punish undocumented immigrants.  The bills vary in their focus and do everything from repealing SB 840 (Firebaugh) to punishing sanctuary cities to mandating that local police contact federal immigration authorities if they believe a dunk driver is undocumented.

According the the Applied Research Center: These bills represent a push to expand institutional racism.  From separating families to encouraging racial profiling and denying students an education, these bills will no doubt have a disproportionately negative affect on communities of color.

Several of the bills are listed below:

AB 1468 (Garrick) - Would require hospitals to report on the citizenship status of their patients

AB 1882 (Garrick) - would require police to contact immigration authorities when a person suspected of being an illegal immigrant is arrested for driving under the influence.

AB 2102 (Walters) - would require state agencies to check all new employees' work eligibility through a federal electronic database called E-Verify

AB 39 (Benoit) - would require the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to tally the cost of jailing undocumented inmates each year and bill the federal government

AB 1928 (Anderson) - would require local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration authorities when they arrest suspected illegal immigrants

AB 2420 (Huff) - would prohibit cities from declaring themselves "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants and not allowing their police to cooperate with federal immigration authorities

AB 648 (Adams) - would add 10 years to the sentence of anyone convicted of a felony who has a previous felony conviction in California for which they were deported

AB 2812 (Silva) - would allow the governor to cite illegal immigration as a cause to declare a local or state emergency

For more information on the bills go to http://leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html and type in the bill number (e.g. AB 1882)

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