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Governor Newsom signs bill allowing Undocumented Californians to obtain a State ID

Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1766, a bill that will allow all Californians regardless of immigrant status the ability to get a state-issued ID.

The Governor’s office issued the following statement on the decision.

SACRAMENTO – As other states cruelly target migrants and vilify immigration, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the signing of legislation that will support immigrants, advance equity, and expand opportunity.

What Does This Mean?

  • Undocumented Californians will be able to obtain a State ID, a critical step for inclusion and meaningful participation in our communities and economy.
  • Street vendors can more easily get local health permits, supporting better economic inclusion and opportunity.
  • Immigrant students will have improved access to in-state tuition at public colleges and universities, and to ESL courses at community colleges. Additionally, immigrant student borrowers will have more options to finance their college educations.
  • Provides low-income Californians, regardless of their immigration status, eligibility for legal assistance in civil matters affecting basic human needs.
  • Access to community health workers and promotores who can facilitate and provide culturally and linguistically responsive care.
  • Cal/OSHA postings will be provided in various languages to protect workers and support safe workplaces.
  • An alternate plea scheme will be created for defendants charged with drug offenses, which mitigates particular harm for noncitizen Californians.

“California is expanding opportunity for everyone, regardless of immigration status,” said Governor Newsom. “We’re a state of refuge – a majority-minority state, where 27 percent of us are immigrants. That’s why I’m proud to announce the signing of today’s bills to further support our immigrant community, which makes our state stronger every single day.”

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