While immigration reform in Washington continues to stall, California Governor Jerry Brown, signed two laws that  activists see as a shift in attitude towards immigrants.

Earlier last week, Brown signed a bill that would allow undocumented residents to get a drivers license and yesterday the governor signed a law that would forbid state and local law enforcement authorities from detaining immigrants because of their immigration status.

“The tide is turning,” said Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, one of the organizations backing the measure. “California’s historic legislation marks a shift of the pendulum away from the criminalization of immigrants and against the idea that police should have any role in immigration enforcement.”

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