In the News

December 15, 2014

By: Jeremy B. White

The powerful storm lashing Sacramento kept many people home last Thursday, but Rosario Aguilar was not among them. After eight years of living and driving unlawfully in California, the chance to get a legitimate license led him through sheets of rain to an information session held at a community services center tucked behind an Autozone on Fruitridge Road.

December 11, 2014

By: Patrick McGreevy

Just weeks before California begins to issue driver's licenses to people in the country illegally, the Department of Motor Vehicles has opened four new offices and hired more than 900 additional staffers to help handle the expected flood of applicants.

State officials expect that 1.4 million immigrants who are not lawfully in the country will apply for specially marked licenses during the first three years beginning Jan. 2. An extra $141 million has been budgeted to handle the applications.

September 29, 2014

Los inmigrantes indocumentados que cumplan con todos los requisitos y exámenes podrán obtener una licencia profesional para ejercer en California, pero también los estudiantes 'soñadores' tendrán acceso a préstamos estudiantiles mientras que se pondrán fin a la esclavitud de trabajadores extranjeros bajo nuevas leyes.

August 26, 2014

By: Cynthia Moreno

SACRAMENTO — Democratic state lawmakers believe no Central American child should be left behind when it comes to legal representation in immigration court.

That is why Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg joined the Latino Legislative Caucus and other Senate Democrats in introducing a package of bills to help the undocumented and unaccompanied children who have been arriving at the U.S.-México border in recent months.

August 26, 2014

Lawmakers from both parties praised Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's message of economic and political partnership between California and Mexico after the president's address Tuesday to a joint session of the Legislature.

August 26, 2014

California lawmakers took a step Tuesday toward an overhaul of the voter-approved 1998 law requiring English-only instruction in public schools, another victory for Latino legislators seeking to strip away polarizing laws aimed at immigrants.

August 21, 2014

By: Jeremy White

Young immigrants poised to flood California's courts could get extra legal help under a bill offering $3 million to bolster legal services.

An extraordinary influx of young, unaccompanied minors into the country has dominated the national debate over immigration policy in recent months, setting President Barack Obama against congressional Republicans and prompting calls for action from California lawmakers.

August 21, 2014

By: Melody Gutierrez

Sacramento -- California's top Democratic leaders are calling for the state to provide $3 million in legal aid to thousands of undocumented minors who fled violence in Central America.

Gov. Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris and legislative leaders announced legislation Thursday that sets aside the money for nonprofits that provide legal help to unaccompanied minors in California.

August 05, 2014

By: Cynthia Moreno

SACRAMENTO — Central American leaders are not oblivious to the tide of young children and their mothers who paid up to $10,000 to risk a perilous, two-week journey in an effort to avoid gang beatings and killings in their home countries.

July 22, 2014

By: David Siders

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday nominated a Mexico-born Stanford Law School professor to the California Supreme Court, moving to replace one of the high court’s most conservative, retiring members with a Democrat.

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, who will replace retiring Justice Marvin Baxter, is Brown’s second selection to the court of his third term, both appointees coming from the halls of academia. Brown appointed Goodwin Liu, then a UC Berkeley law professor, in 2011.