CIPC prioritizes and supports inclusive legislation and policy. We seek to advance worker’s rights and immigrant integration, promote health for all immigrant communities, and win relief from painful detentions and deportations which are breaking families apart.

For the latest update on the full list of legislation that CIPC is tracking please click here.For access to CIPC’s updated tracking list please contact CIPC Membership at membership@caimmigrant.org.

Read our full 2016 Policy Agenda.
Current priorities

SB 10 (Lara) – Providing All Californians Access to Covered California

SB 10 would direct the state to apply for a waiver under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act, to allow undocumented immigrants and DACA recipients to purchase a health plan through Covered California with their own money.

Sponsors: Author sponsored

Status: SB 10 (Lara) was signed by Governor Brown on June 10th.

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CIPC’s Health Page

SB 1001 (Mitchell) Preventing Document Abuse

This bill would prohibit an employer from requiring additional or other documents that are already required under the I-9 process – a practice known as document abuse. It would also prohibit employers from refusing to honor documents or work authorization based upon the specific status or term of status that accompanies the authorization to work, or to reinvestigate or re-verify an incumbent employee’s authorization to work.This bill would create a state remedy for this unfair labor practice that targets immigrant workers

Co-sponsors: Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, California Immigrant Policy Center

Status: This bill was signed by Governor Brown.

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AB 2792 (Bonta) TRUTH Act – Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s current deportation programs are shrouded in secrecy and confusion. The TRUTH Act aims to create increased transparency and due process in the ways that local law enforcement cooperate and function with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The bill would (1) starting in 2018, require the local legislative body to hold a community forum annually if local law enforcement allows ICE access to any individual. (2) It would also ensure that before any ICE interview takes place, the local law enforcement agency would need to provide the person held in custody with a written consent form. (3) Local law enforcement would also have to provide individuals with a copy of any ICE request and must tell the individual if they intend to comply with the request ICE hold, notification, or transfer request. This would also require the law enforcement agency to notify the person’s attorney or designee of this request from ICE. (4) The bill also ensures that all records relating to ICE access provided by local law enforcement agencies would be public records.

Co-sponsors: CIPC, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, MALDEF, and the ACLU of California.

Status: This bill was signed by Governor Brown.

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AB 1770 (Alejo) – Expanding Food Assistance Eligibility

Under current law, California provides access to critical programs to most lawfully present immigrants who had been excluded from the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) known as federal “welfare reform” by using state funds. This includes categories that did not exist in 1996, such as deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) and many longtime residents, who are in the process of adjusting to legal permanent resident. Extending the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP) or a similar program to all otherwise eligible, lawfully present immigrants is needed to ensure that these families facing severe economic challenges are given an opportunity for economic mobility. AB 1770 would expand access to the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP) or a similarly administered program, to all otherwise eligible, lawfully present immigrants. (CIPC understands that other immigrant populations would still remain excluded from this important support and is committed to continuing advocacy on this issue.)

Sponsors: Author sponsored

Status:  This bill was vetoed by Governor Brown.

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“One California” CDSS Immigration Services Funding

CIPC leads the One California Coalition’s efforts to ensure the budget investment in the “One California” CDSS Immigration Services Funding reflects the needs of our diverse immigrant communities. When we support immigrants with what they need to contribute, participate in the civic process, and further succeed, we help build shared prosperity for all Californians. Our state’s continued economic growth depends on strategic investments that build on on opportunities to lift up our diverse communities. California must expand funding to maintain vital assistance for DACA and naturalized citizenship, while ensuring our state does not fail the over one million immigrant families potentially eligible for immigration relief this summer. Together with partners and allies, the coalition is advocating to strengthen the “One California” Immigration Services Funding with a $40 million investment for the 2016-17 FY.

Status:

After months of advocacy by the One California Coalition and partners across the state, the final budget includes a one-time $15 million augmentation of funding to the Governor’s January proposal to support qualified outreach, education, and application services for residents eligible for (2012) DACA or naturalization. This doubles the state’s investment with $30 million funding for FY 2016-17. CIPC will continue to work with the Brown administration as the Department of Social Services prepares to implement this new round of funding.
Please visit http://www.caimmigrant.org/one-california/ for more information, including details regarding the Request for Applications for 2016-17 funding.

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The new federal health care reform law will benefit California and its diverse immigrant communities. However, many Californians and their immigrant family members, despite working, still lack affordable health care.  In order to reap real benefits from the new law, CIPC is working to ensure that policy-makers implement health reform in California in a way that works for all Californians. 

TRUST Act (AB 4)

  • In effect January 1, 2014
  • Limits cruel, costly, and unconstitutional immigration holds in local jails. (48 CA counties have entirely ended the holds.)
  • Author: Asm. Tom Ammiano, D-SF
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Safe & Responsible Driver Act (AB 60)

  • In effect January 1, 2015.
  • Allows all Californians to apply for a driver’s license, regardless of immigration status
  • Author: Asm. Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville