Comprehensive Immigration Reform & Executive Actions
The Latino Caucus works hard to promote legislation and support efforts that provide a pathway to citizenship for our nation’s undocumented residents. Califonria alone has 2.5 million undocumented immigrants. 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. To view an informational briefing on comprehensive immigration reform, please click here.
This site will be continually updated to provide residents with current information on these efforts at the federal and state levels.
In 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. Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arfrivals (DACA) program, nearly 800,000 dreamers have been granted deportation relief. On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced an end to the DACA program. Please see below for key deadlines for current DACA beneficiaries.
Additionally, the State of California has has launched an online clearinghouse called the “California Immigrant Guide” that provides information on state-funded programs benefitting immigrants in California. The website can be found at www.immigrantguide.ca.gov
In an effort to centralize existing information, the California Immigrant Guide links to state agency webpages with useful information on programs and services for immigrants. The website is ADA compliant and is translated into the most commonly spoken languages by immigrants and refugees in California: Arabic, Armenian, Cantonese, Farsi, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. The website currently highlights four main program areas: Learn English, Find Jobs and Training, Education, and Legal Help and Citizenship.
Given the recent rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the website has information for DACA grantees on accessing legal services to renew, as well as information on the impact of this decision on key state programs.