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L.A. Now Live: What do Brown's actions mean for illegal immigrants?

October 2, 2012 |  6:00 am

Times immigration reporter Cindy Chang will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. Tuesday to discuss two bills -- one that Gov. Jerry Brown signed and one he vetoed -- and what his actions may mean for illegal immigrants.

Although Brown signed a bill that lets some young immigrants obtain driver's licenses, immigration-rights advocates said the political give-and-take over the two measures was largely an illusion and that they ultimately lost out.

The bill that Brown vetoed -- the so-called Trust Act -- was among the most closely watched pieces of immigration legislation in the country. It would have barred local law enforcement officials from cooperating with federal authorities in detaining suspected illegal immigrants, except in the cases of serious or violent crime.

Brown said he was open to working on the legislation to fix its faults. But immigrant-rights groups remained suspicious about his intentions, questioning why he had not raised concerns sooner.

"Gov. Brown waited until the eleventh hour to veto the most ... impactful bill that would bring tremendous relief for the immigrant community," said Carlos Amador of Dream Team Los Angeles. "But he decided to sign a symbolic and hollow bill that doesn't bring anything more than what we already had ... to apply for a driver's license."