California law aims to help immigrant victims get visas

California law aims to help immigrant victims get visas

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) – California has passed a law requiring local law enforcement to provide paperwork for immigrant crime victims applying for visas to remain in the country legally so long as they are otherwise eligible for the federal government program.

The law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown is the first such statewide measure aimed at making it easier for victims of crimes including rape and domestic violence to apply for the visas.

Until now, some law enforcement have provided immigrants with the required paperwork documenting the crime and their assistance with an investigation, while others have been loath to do so.

Advocates say they hope the new law will address the discrepancy. It is one of a spate of measures enacted in California this year to help immigrants in the country illegally.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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