In the News

September 07, 2013

By: Araceli Martínez Ortega

SACRAMENTO -- El caso de Sergio García, un inmigrante indocumentado que no puede ejercer a pesar de haber aprobado el examen de la Barra de Abogados de California, movilizó a los legisladores para presentar de última hora un proyecto de ley que permita a la Corte Suprema del Estado admitir a los abogados que llenen los requisitos sin importar su estatus migratorio.

September 05, 2013

By: Julio Morales

Calling the need for comprehensive immigration reform one of “highest importance,” members of the state’s Latino Legislative Caucus convened an informational briefing last week that highlighted how the state would be impacted by reform, or by the failure to approve such legislation.

The briefing included a diverse body of stakeholders, including representatives of labor, agriculture, the high tech and building industry, as well as policy analysts.

August 28, 2013

By: Tatiana Sanchez

California Gov. Jerry Brown joined Senator Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, and Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella, for a forum on comprehensive immigration reform Tuesday, hosted by the state’s Latino Legislative Caucus.

The forum covered the historical aspect of immigration and provided an analysis of comprehensive immigration reform from policy experts, business leaders and community organizers, according to Perez’s office.

August 03, 2013

By: Kevin Parrish

STOCKTON - Susan Eggman is having the time of her life and working hard at it.

Not since former state Sen. Patrick Johnston, D-Stockton, left office 13 years ago has San Joaquin County had such an outspoken advocate in the California Legislature.

Eggman, a 52-year-old Democrat, was sworn into the California Assembly eight months ago - and immediately found herself involved in leadership in Sacramento.

July 27, 2013

By: Patrick McGreevy

The subject was illegal immigration, and Ricardo Lara, head of the Legislature's Latino Caucus, was livid.

Lara, then a Democratic Assemblyman from Bell Gardens, wanted to grant driver's licenses to some undocumented Californians. A Republican lawmaker was objecting.

Some of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists used driver's licenses to get through security checkpoints and board planes they later flew into the World Trade Center, said Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks).

June 08, 2013

By: Cynthia Moreno

SACRAMENTO — Health care, education, immigration reform and economic development are the top priorities for the Latino Legislative Caucus.

For the first time in recent years, the caucus laid out a list of priority bills they plan to support at both the state and federal level.

The 24-member caucus plans to use a new list of guiding principles that focus on encouraging more Latinos to engage in the political process through public forums, internships, fellowships and community events.

June 06, 2013

By: David Gorn

Members of the legislative Latino Caucus on Tuesday laid out their agenda that includes some form of reversal of the 10% reduction in payments to Medi-Cal providers.

The Legislature passed the 10% cut in 2011, but it was delayed until a federal appeals court ruling upheld the reduction two weeks ago. State officials said the bulk of the cutbacks will begin in September.

May 28, 2013

By: Cynthia Moreno

SACRAMENTO - If there is one group of immigrants who come to the United States with the desire to start a business, they are Latinos. At the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce's 19th Annual Legislative Summit last week, supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of Latinos took center stage.

May 08, 2013

By: Cynthia Moreno

SACRAMENTO - Sylvia Méndez was eight years old when she was turned away and denied admission to her local school for being Mexican.

She was also banned from going to the community pool, from eating at local restaurants or using the bathrooms. She couldn't live in the same neighborhood where the "white" families lived.

But, she wasn't the only one.

Virtually all children and families of Mexican descent were living in a time of discrimination and segregation.