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  • California OK's Driver's Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law that will allow hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses and vetoed another that would have restricted sheriffs from helping federal authorities detain undocumented Californians for potential deportation.

    His actions, announced Sunday as the deadline neared to finish work on nearly 1,000 bills sent to him by the Legislature this year, followed an intense week of protests, prayer vigils and lobbying by immigrant advocacy groups.

    The governor also revived a tax break for Hollywood, allowed juvenile killers serving life in prison a chance for release and outlawed treatment intended to turn gay children straight.

    The laws take effect Jan. 1.

    The immigration bills sparked the most controversy.

    The driver's license measure will make illegal immigrants eligible to drive legally in California if they qualify for a new federal work permit program.

    That Obama administration protocol allows illegal immigrants who came to the United States before they were 16, and who are now 30 or younger and meet certain other criteria, to obtain work permits.

    "Gov. Brown believes the federal government should pursue comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship," said Brown spokesman Gil Duran. "President Obama has recognized the unique status of these students, and making them eligible to apply for driver's licenses is an obvious next step."

    Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), the measure's author, had been crusading for such a law since a broader measure he pushed through the Legislature in 2003 prompted a voter backlash.

    The earlier bill was signed into law by former Gov. Gray Davis, who was ousted from office soon afterward. Before it took effect, lawmakers repealed it.

    The assemblyman had wider support for the latest measure, AB 2189, however, with backing from some GOP lawmakers.

    "I'm proud the governor chose public safety over the politics of the day,'' Cedillo said.

    The other closely watched immigration bill was known as the Trust Act.

    It would have prohibited local law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal authorities to detain suspected illegal immigrants, unless they are charged with a serious or violent felony.

    Some in law enforcement campaigned hard against the measure, AB 1081 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco).

    Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said it conflicted with federal law and vowed to defy it.

    The act is aimed at Secure Communities, a federal program that creates a pipeline from local jails to deportation.

    In participating jurisdictions, the fingerprints of every person arrested and booked into local jails are run through federal databases.

    Federal authorities flag suspected illegal immigrants, then request that police detain them for 48 hours, providing more time for a transfer to federal custody.

  • #2
    Jerry Brown has got to be the worst thing that ever happened to this once-great state. We need another hardnosed Governor like Pete Wilson who won't buckle under to illegal aliens.
    Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

    I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ateamer View Post
      Jerry Brown has got to be the worst thing that ever happened to this once-great state. We need another hardnosed Governor like Pete Wilson who won't buckle under to illegal aliens.
      Ateamer,

      I usually agree with most of what you say, however as far as just being anti-crime, Jerry Brown did more in his first term than Wilson did as Governor.

      In the field of crime fighting, Brown enacted hundreds of tough anti-crime measures, including the Use A Gun Go To Prison Law and mandatory sentences for rape, sale of heroin, violent crimes against the elderly, child molestation and selling PCP. He established and funded the Career Criminal Prosecution Program, the Career Criminal Apprehension Program and the Crime Resistance Task Force. As a result, the percentage of convicted felons who were sent to state prison increased 100% during his governorship. Recidivism (parolees returning to prison) was a fraction of what it is today.

      As far as other acts by him, I wasn't impressed.
      Retired

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      • #4
        ^And dont forget disbanding BNE......

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        • #5
          Originally posted by FlyingPig1 View Post
          ^And dont forget disbanding BNE......
          BNE is gone? What is happening to this State....

          At this rate we're going to have to get rid of the the "great" in "the Great State of California..."

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          • #6
            Originally posted by retired View Post
            Ateamer,

            I usually agree with most of what you say, however as far as just being anti-crime, Jerry Brown did more in his first term than Wilson did as Governor.

            In the field of crime fighting, Brown enacted hundreds of tough anti-crime measures, including the Use A Gun Go To Prison Law and mandatory sentences for rape, sale of heroin, violent crimes against the elderly, child molestation and selling PCP. He established and funded the Career Criminal Prosecution Program, the Career Criminal Apprehension Program and the Crime Resistance Task Force. As a result, the percentage of convicted felons who were sent to state prison increased 100% during his governorship. Recidivism (parolees returning to prison) was a fraction of what it is today.

            As far as other acts by him, I wasn't impressed.
            But he has also signed into law some that violate a persons 2nd amendment rights. Democrats are more anti-gun rights that anyone. He sides with them every time when it comes to taking legal gun ownership away from citizens.
            GOD IS A NINJA WITH A SNIPER RIFLE, WAITING TO TAKE YOU OUT.

            "For weapons training they told me to play DOOM"

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            • #7
              Why is it just when you think Brown had been flushed away, he keeps floating back up towards the seat?
              Timelines:

              CBPO
              App: 2/12/09
              Geo: Revised; CA Long Beach, San Bernardino, L.A.
              Written: 2/20/09
              NOR: 3/2/09 (81 no vet pref.)
              TO: ? (reached my 37th bday 9/09)

              IEA
              App: 5/5/09
              Geo: San Diego
              Written: 6/5/09 (75.8 no vet pref.)
              NOR: 7/20/09
              Faxed Documents: 7/7/09
              TO: 10/6/09
              Mailed Documents: 10/16/09
              Oral Interview: 12/02/09 Passed

              BPA
              Geo: SW Border-El Centro/San Diego Area
              App: 8/17/10
              Written: 10/6 Passed (73 w/ no vet pref.)
              TO: 11/10/10 (pre emp forms due 11/22)

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