Current Legislation

  • AB 1024 (Sponsor: Lorena Gonzalez, Democrat from San Diego; Signed into law by Governor Brown on October 5, 2013) – authorizes the State Bar to award law licenses for immigrants who pass the State Bar exam and the other requirements for admission as an attorney. (Read bill)
  • AB 1159 (Sponsor: Lorena Gonzalez, Democrat from San Diego; Signed into law by Governor Brown on October 5, 2013) – the bill applies to immigration attorneys providing (future) services related to the Immigration Reform Act (aka “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, Immigration Modernization Act, S. 744 2013”). AB 1152 contemplates that if the Border, Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, becomes law, an attorney who provides “immigration reform act services” will have to register with the State Bar of California and file a bond of $100,000, provide a contract to the client in English and in their native language, also allows clients to rescind a contract for representation within 72 hours of signing it. (Read Bill)
  • AB 2751 – Retaliation (Sponsor: Roger Hernandez; Signed into law June 2014) – forbids employers from pursuing punitive immigration enforcement actions against their workers for any reason. (Read Bill)
  • SB 1210 (Enrolled in August 28, 2014) – establishes a loan program for undocumented immigrants at the California State University and University of California university systems. (Read Bill)
  • AB 2000 (Enrolled in August 28, 2014) – amends Section 68130.5 of the Education Code, relating to public post secondary education. The Bill proposes that aliens without lawful immigration status who have attended high school in California for 3 or more years is exempt from paying nonresident tuition at the CA Community Colleges and the CA State University. (Read Bill)
  • SB 873 (Human Services) – a bill that will be signed by the Governor this year and is designed to ensure that non-profit legal services programs providing services to undocumented unaccompanied minors receive additional funding to increase their capacity to serve this population before the Superior Courts and before the DHS when seeking lawful status. It provides $3 million in funding for services to minors who have been transferred to the custody of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement and who are present in California (e.g. have been transferred by ORR to a shelter, relative or guardian in CA). To qualify for funding under SB 873, organizations must (1) have at least 3 years of experience handling asylum, T-Visa, U-Visa, or special immigrant juvenile status cases and have represented at least 25 individuals in these matters; (2) have experience in representing individuals in removal proceedings and asylum applications; (3) have conducted trainings on these issues for practitioners beyond their staff; (4) have experience guiding and supervising the work of attorneys whom themselves do not regularly participate in this area of the law but nevertheless work pro bono on these types of cases; (5) are accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals or meet the requirements to receive funding from the CA State Bar’s Trust Fund Program. (Read Bill)