Comprehensive Immigration Reform & Executive Actions
The Latino Caucus is working hard to promote legislation and support efforts that provide a pathway to citizenship for our nation’s undocumented residents. In the absence of comprehensive federal immigration reform, California has passed landmark legislation to help improve the lives of immigrants, including the California Dream Act, the TRUST Act, the Reuniting Immigrant Families Act, the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and the Safe and Responsible Drivers Act. The Caucus also held an informational briefing on comprehensive immigration reform at the State Capitol on August 27, 2013.
This site will be continually updated to provide residents with current information on these efforts at the federal and state levels.
On November 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to address the nation's broken immigration system and lessen the fear of deportation for people who live in the United States without proper documentation. These actions provided relief for an approximate five million undocumented immigrants.
The Immigration Accountability Executive Actions, in addition to continuing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, granted the parents of U.S. citizen and Legal Permanent Resident children protection from deportation if they have resided in the country for at least five years.
California is home to more than 2.5 million undocumented immigrants. As a result of the President's executive actions, many of these families have been able to stay together, obtain work and education permits, and not be under the constant threat of deportation.
Indications are that the Trump administration will repeal or revise President Obama's executive actions. The Latino Caucus opposses any effort to put law-abiding immigrant residents at risk of immediate deportation and break up families simply pursuing the American Dream.