Dems propose immigrant protections

California lawmaker say they’re acting because Congress won’t

By Gary Warth

— Democratic state lawmakers on Tuesday announced a package of bills aimed at expanding protections and providing health care for unauthorized immigrants in what supporters said could set a national example.

“Today we remind the rest of the nation that California is different,” said Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, at a Sacramento news conference. “We respect our immigrants and recognize the contribution that they have made to this state. We serve as a model for the rest of the country.”

Critics expressed concern about the cost of the legislation and the potential that the proposals will act as a magnet for unauthorized immigrants, further stressing state services.

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