In today's acrimonious political environment even a touted immigration reform proposal has controversial provisions that are downright nasty. The immigration reform bill still going through the U.S. Congress has provisions that are inimical to California's interests and will be harmful to many of the 2.6 million undocumented persons living in California. The latest individual to repeat these criticisms is California Governor Jerry Brown.
Brown called for faster approval of the reform measure. He also demanded that a provision that would delay citizenship for 10 or more years be removed from the legislation. That provision was a compromise to keep fiscal conservative support for the reform. It would mean that most immigrants would have to wait ten years to get citizenship, thus making them ineligible for programs such as Medicaid and food stamps. They'll also be ineligible for the benefits of health care reform.