Thousands of immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials cheered across the country as President Barack Obama announced on television his plan for relief from deportations for about 5 million people.
“I lived with a fear every single day as an immigrant of ‘What would happen to me? What if I got deported? What if I were separated from my children and sent back to Mexico?’” Selena Garcia said through a translator.
Brown said in a statement that the president “stepped up for hard-working families across America” in the face of Washington gridlock.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones cites the recent shooting of two deputies by an illegal immigrant as evidence the immigration process is broken.
“This was intended as its essence to the start of a national discussion,” Jones said. “I’m trying to assist the undocumented population who have lived in the shadows of this country and this state.”
California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is expanding office hours as it prepares to issue an expected 1.4 million licenses to people in the country illegally.
Immigration officials say local authorities released thousands of immigrants from jails this year despite efforts to take them into federal custody, including more than 3,000 people with previous felony charges or convictions.
UC Davis Junior Ana Maciel is open about her undocumented immigration status, but knows that isn’t the case with many of the 200 other undocumented UC Davis students.
Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard.
Brown says the arrival of unaccompanied migrant children should not be the subject of political posturing.
A group of California lawmakers will visit Central America next week to learn about the immigration challenges that are contributing to the U.S. border crisis.
Los Angeles police say they will no longer hold immigrants simply on a request from federal immigration authorities.