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In Bipartisan Vote, Assembly Backs Scam Protections For Undocumented Immigrants

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

A bill intended to protect undocumented immigrants from scam artists has passed the California Assembly.

More than 1.5 million undocumented immigrants in California could gain legal status under President Obama’s executive order – if courts allow it to stand. In the meantime, the California Assembly has approved a bill that would prohibit attorneys and consultants from charging immigrants in advance for help gaining that legal status.

Republican Assemblyman Donald Wagner says even though many Americans believe the president’s executive order is unconstitutional, “that doesn’t give unscrupulous attorneys the right to act and commit fraud to anyone who’s here in the country – legally or illegally.”

GOP support was crucial here, because the bill is an urgency measure – requiring a two-thirds vote. The Assembly approved the legislation 76-0 on Monday; it now moves to the California Senate.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio