Commiefornia: State’s 6 immigration bills most in 20 years


From every vantage point, it was a historic chapter in California’s political history: The Legislature capped off its recently finished session by sending half a dozen immigration bills to the governor.

The state Capitol had not seen such substantial action on immigration for two decades. The occasion was highly unusual not only because of how many measures were passed, but also because much of the legislation deals with the bitterly fought issue of unauthorized immigration.

The bills would, among other things, allow those living in California illegally to obtain a driver’s license and practice law, bar local police from turning over people with minor offenses for deportation and ban employers from retaliating against workers by threatening to alert immigration authorities.