Monday, October 1, 2012

Split Decision for Immigrants in California: Governor Brown Vetoes "Trust Act," Signs Driver's License Bill for DREAMers

JB

Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown handed immigrant rights activists one victory and one defeat.

Governor Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 1081 would have prohibited local law enforcement agencies from holding arrestees for federal immigration authorities unless the crime or conviction involved a serious or violent felony. Known by supporters as the "Trust Act," the measure's author was Assemblyman Tom Ammiano. (For arguments in favor of the law in an op/ed by Professor Cruz Reynoso, click here.)  Brown, in vetoing the bill, applauded the role that undocumented immigrants play in the state's economy and expressed support for comprehensive immigration reform. But, in Governor Brown's view, Ammiano's bill was flawed because its definition of serious or violent omitted many major crimes.

On the same day, Governor Brown signed into law a bill that will undocumented immigrants afforded deferred action under the new Obama administration Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  The measure, Assembly Bill 2189, bill was the latest proposal in a decade-long campaign by Democratic Assemblyman Gil Cedillo to afford undocumented immigrants the eligibility to secure driver's licenses in California. Cedillo contended that issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants would enhance public safety by ensuring that they are trained and tested, and making it more likely that they will buy insurance. Officials of the California Department of Motor Vehicles previously have said that it appears Deferred Action participants will be eligible for driver's licenses.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has stated publicly that Deferred Action recipients would not be eligible for licenses in Arizona. 

 KJ

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