Law Offices of Jan Joseph Bejar A P.L.C.
Resolving Immigration Problems In An Honest & Responsible Manner

California Governor calls for swift action in immigration reform

In today's acrimonious political environment even a touted immigration reform proposal has controversial provisions that are downright nasty. The immigration reform bill still going through the U.S. Congress has provisions that are inimical to California's interests and will be harmful to many of the 2.6 million undocumented persons living in California. The latest individual to repeat these criticisms is California Governor Jerry Brown.

Brown called for faster approval of the reform measure. He also demanded that a provision that would delay citizenship for 10 or more years be removed from the legislation. That provision was a compromise to keep fiscal conservative support for the reform. It would mean that most immigrants would have to wait ten years to get citizenship, thus making them ineligible for programs such as Medicaid and food stamps. They'll also be ineligible for the benefits of health care reform.

The effect will be that California may have to pick up the tab on those who don't qualify for federally-funded programs. This will be an enormous burden for the state. Officials from Los Angeles County made a similar request recently. The tab last year for health services for illegal residents in California was over $600 million. But conservatives demanded the ten-year provision because it will keep the costs to food stamps and health programs from going up.

California has nearly one quarter of all undocumented aliens in the country. In the meantime, many residents of California need assistance under the current immigration laws. If you face an immediate immigration problem or need assistance to process a request or application you may take advantage of a confidential meeting with immigration counsel. In that meeting, you can have all of your questions answered and find out what kinds of options you may want to consider.

Source: Reuters, "California governor urges faster immigration reform," Sharon Bernstein, May 14, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Do You Have A Case Or Question?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy