Undocumented Immigration In California

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Undocumented See Support From California Democrats

Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon introduce a package of legislation they say will protect undocumented immigrants in California.

Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

State Democrats say they’ll support a legislative package designed to improve the lives of undocumented immigrants. It includes a measure that would extend Medi-Cal to some undocumented immigrants. Another bill would create a new state office to assist with immigrant integration.

Attorney Angie Junck is with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

"This legislative packaged focuses on protecting the most marginalized in our immigrant communities, from young people to victims of crime and other who have interacted with our state justice systems," she says.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins says California must act because the federal government has not.

"DC would be doing something if it were easy," she says. "We intend to set the model. We intend to set the tone, as California always has. And we don’t expect it to be easy, but we do expect to succeed."

Senate Republican leader Bob Huff agrees the federal government’s failure to act has shifted a large burden onto California. But he says without federal money it will be difficult for the state to pay for all the immigration proposals.