US Immigration Laws

By | July 24, 2016

The state of California has once again made headlines in U.S. immigration laws due to controversial legislation that is slated for a hearing before the Judiciary Committee of the California State Assembly tomorrow.
Specifically, the Judiciary Committee’s hearing will revolve around the Secure Immigrations Enforcement Act, or Assembly Bill 26 (AB 26) as it is more commonly known.
Sponsored by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Hesperia), AB 26 would enact a comprehensive series of immigration reforms, including some of the following:
• Requiring all employers in the state to use the E-Verify program to confirm the immigration status of employees
• Ending the practice of so-called “sanctuary cities” enacting policies that are friendly to undocumented immigrants
• Mandating that law enforcement officials impound all vehicles determined to be driven by undocumented immigrants
• Ordering law enforcement officials to verify the immigration status of all people arrested and believed to be living in the United States illegally
Rep. Donnelly’s primary justification for the bill is that it would cut costs by scaling back the social services provided to undocumented immigrants and give law enforcement a new weapon in the fight against illegal immigration.
“Our hope is that the strong support of the bill will draw attention to the Legislature to a critical issue that affects every Californian,” said Donnelly. “We hope this won’t be just a party-line vote and that the legislators on the committee will see how critical the issue is to the state of California.”
Critics of the bill argue that AB 26 is far too similar to SB1070 – Arizona’s controversial and rather stringent immigration law – and that it unduly discriminates against the Latino community in California.
“It would impact our communities,” said social justice leader Natalie Diaz. “We live in Latino communities, and it’s harmful to our communities because we all work here and help each other out.”
Interestingly, several Assembly members have already stepped forward to predict that AB 26 will quickly go down in flames.
“It will die a quick and appropriate death in its first committee, and we will not hear from it again,” said Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles). “During difficult economic times, immigrants are easy targets. They are scapegoats.”
Stay tuned for further developments in the area of U.S. immigration law …
Due to the continued complexity of immigration laws with respect to naturalization and the exposure to facing a denial of this petition, it is critical to speak with a legal professional who has extensive specialized knowledge and experience in immigration law in Vermont.
This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.