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Immigrant Rights Act Passes out Senate Appropriations

For immediate release:

(Sacramento, CA) – Today, Assembly Member Miguel Santiago’s (D-Los Angeles) AB 1261, “The Immigrant Rights Act”, passed out of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

AB 1261 promotes shared values of safety and justice by codifying the procedures for S visas and clarifying the procedures for U and T visas. These visas provide pathways to allow undocumented crime victims and witnesses to seek justice without risking deportation.

“Our collective public safety depends on all Californians feeling safe to participate in our justice system,” said Assembly Member Santiago. “With AB 1261, we not only have a chance to reduce crime but also protect some of our most vulnerable community members. Californians should not lose their livelihoods simply because they came forward to report a crime.”

The bill will be heard on the Senate Floor in early September of this year.

Assembly Member Miguel Santiago is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization. He represents the 54th District composed of the cities of Los Angeles, Commerce, Montebello, and Vernon.