The State Bar of California is advising consumers that as of October 5, 2013, it is illegal for immigration lawyers and consultants to take money for services related to federal immigration reform until Congress acts.
AB 1159, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, was approved by the California Legislature last month. It went into effect today when it was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The legislation also:
“This new tool will greatly aid in the bar’s public protection efforts,” State Bar President Patrick M. Kelly said. “I’d like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this legislation a reality.”
President-elect Luis Rodriguez said the legislation will aid in the bar's effort to protect immigrants from those who would seek to take advantage of their dreams of citizenship.
"We in California are fortunate to have bipartisan leadership that has come together to protect a vulnerable community," Rodriguez said. "Because of Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez's leadership, the State Bar along with key stakeholders like AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) have made protection of a vulnerable community a reality."