Illegal immigrants will be allowed to practice law in California under one of eight bills signed Saturday by Governor Jerry Brown expanding immigrant rights. The new law will prohibit the California Supreme Court from denying qualified applicants to be licensed lawyers based on their immigration status.

In a statement, Brown said "while Washington waffles on immigration, California's forging ahead." Another new law prohibits law enforcement officials from detaining immigrants based on instructions from the federal government, except in cases of serious crimes or convictions. Last week Brown signed a bill allowing illegal immigrants to legally apply for drivers licenses.