A difference of opinion in the immigrant-rights community appears to have contributed to the demise of state legislation that would have provided a safe haven in California for those who came to the country illegally but have otherwise obeyed the law.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar) introduced a bill that would have provided a sanctuary in the state for many immigrants who came to California illegally before 2008.
SB 901 was supported by immigrant rights groups including the Central American Resource Center and Hermandad Mexicana, but it never received a final vote as the Legislature ended its session Aug. 31. The bill ran into concerns by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), which worried about a requirement for undocumented immigrants to register with the state Department of Justice, officials said.
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