by Photo courtesy of Gov. Gavin Newsom's office

California Governor Gavin Newsom signs a ball into law that allows immigrants to claim a state ID. 

The state governor signed AB-1766 this past weekend, an historic bill that provides an opportunity to everyone in the state to carry an identification card regardless of their resident status. 

“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.”

Minority groups in the state have applauded the Governor's effort in regards to immigrants being eligible for a state ID.

California chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) praised Governor Newsom for signing this bill, which was initially introduced by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay). 

CAIR-CA Policy & Government Affairs Manager Nazeehah Khan said this bill will provide a safer status in the state with the ability to have access to housing and other resources. 

“For years, immigration status has barred California immigrants from fostering a sense of home in their new communities. Safe housing, food, and access to resources are at the forefront of human survival and we are elated that these necessities will now be more accessible to all people," said Khan. 

The CAIR-CA Policy & Government Affairs Manager adds that they are grateful to both the Assemblymember and Governor for their dedication to keep immigrants safe within the state of California. 

“We are grateful to Assemblymember Stone and Governor Newsom for their dedication to developing policies which empower California immigrants and for leading the national fight for immigrants’ rights by example. We warmly congratulate Asian Americans Advancing Justice – CA, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and California Immigrant Policy Center on their victory as cosponsors of this bill.”   

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