Immigration Reform 2015 : California bill a breeze of fresh air
This is going to give a feeling of some sort of hope to undocumented immigrants in the US. Though the effort is limited to California alone, this may prompt similar actions in other parts of the US too.
Democrat lawmakers in the state and some immigration activists have come out with a plan to come out with a bill that may help improve the lives of the undocumented immigrants in this part if the country. The bill will also make an effort to integrate such people in the state.
As expected, Republicans who are sworn enemies of any sort of assistance for undocumented immigrants, have expressed concern over the legal package being considered by the Democrats in the state.
While talking about the proposal Senate President Kevin De Leon says, â€œThe Immigrants Shape California Legislative Package will not erase all the challenges our undocumented residents face. The work is far from finishedâ€¦But this package demonstrates our commitment to making California a state that works for all of us.â€
The Democrats have said that they want to clear the confusion in this regard. â€œBy giving in to fear, by persecuting and alienating those who come to our nation in search of a better life, we create many of the problems we seek to avoidâ€¦By forcing undocumented immigrants to live and work in the shadows, we all lose. We lose wages; we lose revenue; we lose innovation; we lose justice; and most importantly, we lose our identityâ€ he said while addressing the bilingual press conference.
The bill may come to the rescue of hundreds of thousands of people in the state. A report in the Los Angeles Times says that the 10-bill package would address certain issues concerning the undocumented immigrant community. This includetheir access to health care, which would require expanding Medi-Cal, the state’s public subsidized healthcare besides anti-discrimination language to protect immigrants; requiring defense attorneys to inform their clients of certain pleas and judgments’ immigration consequences; establishing an Office of New Americans to help immigrants navigate the immigration system and other legal issues.
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