Tuesday, September 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO—AB 638 (Caballero) an immigrant consumer protection bill was expected to be heard in the Senate Appropriations committee but was held by the Chair to allow more time to discuss amendments.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Anna M. Caballero (D-Salinas) released the following statement in response to recent action affecting DACA:

Thursday, August 3, 2017

For the second year in a row, a bill that would have required doctors placed on probation for certain offenses to notify their patients has died in the state legislature.

SB 798 had passed the Senate, but its sponsor, State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), says he pulled the bill from consideration in the Assembly rather than accept amendments that would have watered it down. Hill sponsored a similar unsuccessful measure last year.

The legislation would have affected doctors placed on probation by the Medical Board of California for sexual misconduct, drug or alcohol abuse while treating patients and criminal convictions involving the practice of medicine, as well as those previously ordered on probation. The measure would have required those doctors to begin disclosing their probationary status and any practice restrictions to new patients starting July 1, 2018.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

For over 160 years the California State Fair/Cal Expo has been run by growers to showcase the wonders and wealth of the state’s agriculture. And for over 160 years the fair did this without mentioning the people whose labor makes agriculture possible: farmworkers.

This year that changed. Rick Pickering, chief executive officer of the California Exposition & State Fair, and Tom Martinez, the fair’s chief deputy general manager, asked the United Farm Workers to help put together an exhibit to remedy this historical omission. As a result, for the first time the fair, which runs through July 30, has an exhibition that not only pays tribute to field laborers, but also acknowledges the long history of their struggle to organize unions.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

KING CITY — Nearly 40 students participated in Assembly Member Anna Caballero’s Young Legislators Program in South County and Salinas, with 24 participants from the South Monterey County Program and 14 in the Salinas Program.

The three-week program saw South County students meeting at the King City Council Chambers.

“The Young Legislators Program provides our youth with hands-on experience of learning about how state and local government works,” Caballero said.

Several guest speakers included Santa Cruz Assistant District Attorney Rafael Vasquez, who was born in King City and graduated from King City High School, and Greta Arrevalo the bilingual outreach programs manager at Monterey County Elections.

“This program was extra special for me since I grew up in San Ardo and was able to put this program together through the office of Assembly Member Anna M. Caballero,” said Young Legislators Program Coordinator Yvonne Dorantes.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

(Sacramento) – As the California State Assembly debated Assembly Bill 111, a 2017-18 budget measure to streamline government operations, Assemblymember Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) stood up to voice her strong support for more money for affordable housing in California. “This lack of affordable housing in California is really starting to affect the economy,” Assemblymember Caballero told her fellow lawmakers.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Suelen dar consejo legal a sus clientes, sin tener la autorización, y los ponen -en ocasiones, en riesgo de procesos de deportación

i de algo se arrepiente Ángel Torres es de haber recurrido a una reconocida organización de notarios y consultores de migración de Los Ángeles en busca de alivio migratorio.

“Olvídese del dinero. Me hicieron perder la oportunidad de haber obtenido una Visa U hace 20 años cuando fui víctima de un secuestro”, dice.

Torres acudió a dicha organización después de que reportó a la policía el crimen que sufrió.  “Los mismos oficiales de la policía me recomendaron buscar a alguien que me ayudara con mi caso de migración. Ellos me ofrecieron dar la certificación policial como víctima de un crimen”, recuerda.

Así que acudió a una organización muy conocida de la cual prefiere no dar su nombre, pero dice que estaba muy de moda en los años 90.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The stories of immigration fraud across California seem endless.

A Central American woman lost her job after an immigration consultant, who charged her $4,500, failed to renew her temporary protected status that allowed her to work in the United States.

A Mexican woman’s request to remain in the United States while the consulate in Mexico reviewed her green card application was denied after an immigration notary inappropriately submitted the paperwork. She lost $3,000 in the process.

Immigrant rights advocates with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, a Los Angeles-based organization that provides services across Southern California, say these are common occurrences.  The coalition, which offered those examples on Facebook, is trying to combat such problems with a new bill that would repeal California’s immigration-consultant law and do away with this industry as of Jan. 1, 2019.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A bill aimed at cracking down on immigration fraud is making its way through the California legislature.

The bill would effectively eliminate immigration consultants. Only lawyers or people who are approved by the federal government would be able to help with filling out immigration forms.  

Daniel Sharp, with the Central American Resource Center says consultants are wrongly giving legal advice when helping with forms.

“Consumers have questions. Do I qualify for a U-Visa?  Is my husband required to leave the country if I petition for him? Is it safe for me to even file an application?,” Sharp says.  “Those answers constitute legal advice and the consequences of getting it wrong are severe.”

Democratic Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, who sponsored the bill, agreed. She says these consultants should not be giving legal advice without a license.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A collective sigh of relief has been heard across Gilroy in response to the recent street paving up and down First Street—between Santa Teresa and the intersection of Monterey Road and Leavesley Avenue. As the road condition increasingly worsened over the last few years, locals and visitors began circumventing the bumpy, pothole-riddled street that is the main artery to grocery stores, retail, restaurants and many other services.

But thanks to the efforts of Mayor Roland Velasco, the street recently received emergency, temporary repairs. “I am hesitant to say the road has been fixed—it’s been improved—but my goal is to properly rebuild the road,” said Mayor Velasco.