In California, we’re seeing escalating and unprecedented attacks from the Trump administration on our families, our communities, and our most deeply-held values. From suing the state for passing strong pro-immigrant policies, to irresponsibly calling for the construction of a harmful border wall, the federal government is clearly fueled by a zealous anti-immigrant agenda.

Despite these attacks, the good news is that local communities across the state are continuing to raise their voices in defense of equality, compassion, and justice. And we have victories from previous policy priorities worth celebrating — earlier this month, the DMV announced that more than a million undocumented immigrants have received AB 60 California driver's licenses.

This year, with renewed vigor, we are eager to work alongside community members, advocates, and policymakers to advance thoughtful, creative, and powerful solutions that reflect our values and protect our communities.

With the 2018 legislative session in full swing in Sacramento, we are pleased to share with you bills that CIPC is tracking:

See our co-sponsored bills below and the full list of bills that we’re tracking. Please note that bill descriptions are subject to change as legislation may be amended as it travels through the legislative process. To view CIPC’s 2018 Policy Agenda, click here.

For more information, please contact CIPC’s Government Affairs Manager, Gina Da Silva at gdasilva@caimmigrant.org.

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CIPC-SPONSORED BILLS

AB 2066 (Stone/Reyes) Personal Income Taxes | Sponsored by CIPC, United Way California, and Children’s Defense Fund CA

In 2015, California took steps to tackle poverty by establishing the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC). CalEITC provides low-income persons, particularly people in deep poverty, a modest financial credit to pay for food, school supplies, and other necessities. Unfortunately, some working families in California face serious economic challenges and yet are unable to access the CalEITC. CIPC, in partnership with the CalEITC Advocacy Coalition, is advancing efforts to broaden access to CalEITC. This proposal would expand access to the CalEITC to young workers, working seniors, and remove exclusions for working immigrants who file taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or a federally assigned Social Security Number (SSN). Many immigrants use an IRS-issued ITIN to pay federal and state income taxes. While the federal EITC excludes ITIN holders from receiving this benefit, California is not bound by these rules for its state-funded tax credit and can improve the state design for a more equitable and inclusive policy. In addition, parallel efforts will look to strengthen state funding for outreach and education.

Status: This bill has been re-referred to the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation. Parallel efforts are also moving through the state budget process. The proposal was presented in the Assembly & Senate Subcommittees on State Administration last week. The item will be held open until after the Governor releases his May Revision of the 2018-19 budget.

Fact Sheet
Sample Letter of Support


AB 2184 (Chiu) Business Licenses | Sponsored by CIPC and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

California has led the nation in advancing bold policies that recognize the contributions of immigrants and the value of integrating all state residents, regardless of immigration status, into the state economy. Yet there are systemic barriers to immigrant Californians seeking economic opportunity through business ownership. For example, many cities with large immigrant communities, including Los Angeles, and parts of the Central Valley, currently require individual applicants for business licenses to provide a Social Security Number (SSN) in their application. This bill reduces barriers for immigrant business owners to apply for local business licenses and aligns the business license process with efforts to advance the social and economic interest of our state.

Status: This bill will be heard in the Assembly Privacy & Consumer Protection Committee on April 17 and in the Assembly Local Government Committee on April 25.

Fact Sheet
Sample Letter of Support


SB 244 (Lara) The Privacy Protection Act | Sponsored by CIPC and ACLU of California

California has an interest in protecting the private information of residents from inappropriate uses. SB 244 would enhance privacy and confidentiality protections of private information collected by certain state and local databases to ensure that it is only used for its intended purposes. The bill would require that records containing personal information in these databases only be collected, used, and retained for the purpose of assessing eligibility for and providing those public services and programs for which the application was submitted. Further, it would prohibit disclosure of AB 60 driver’s license information from the California DMV database except when a subpoena or court order is issued.

Status: The bill is on the Assembly floor and eligible for a floor vote.

Fact Sheet

For information on support letter, please email gdasilva@caimmigrant.org


SB 974 (Lara) & AB 2965 (Arambula) Health4All Act | Sponsored by CIPC and Health Access

Since 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided health coverage to about 7 million Californians and significantly reduced our state’s uninsured rate. Despite this progress, the ACA explicitly and unjustly excludes undocumented immigrants from receiving health coverage through federally funded programs, including Medi-Cal. Of the nearly three million Californians who remain uninsured, 58% are estimated to be undocumented adults. In 2016, California expanded comprehensive Medi-Cal to all children, regardless of where they were born. Since then over 200,000 undocumented children have received comprehensive care due to this expansion, known as “Health4All Kids.” However, undocumented adults, many of whom are parents, are still left without comprehensive health care. The Health4All Act would provide comprehensive full-scope Medi-Cal to low-income undocumented adults by removing immigration status as an eligibility exclusion. The Health4All Act is an important step in bringing our state closer to universal health coverage by removing immigration status as a barrier to health access.

Status: SB 974 passed Senate Health Committee on April 4 (6 Ayes; 2 Noe) and has been referred to Senate Appropriations Committee; AB 2965 will be heard in Assembly Health Committee on April 17. The parallel budget request for the state investment in Health for All will be heard on May 7 in the Assembly Subcommittee on Health & Human Services.

Fact Sheet
Sample Letter of Support


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View the full list of bills CIPC is tracking:

CIPC's Full Bill List (PDF)

For more information, please contact CIPC’s Government Affairs Manager, Gina Da Silva at gdasilva@caimmigrant.org.