California Governor Jerry Brown (R) celebrates with Democratic State Senator Kevin de Leon (L) and Los Angeles councilman Gil Cedillo (C) after signing bill AB60 on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall October 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. California Assembly Bill 60 also known as the Safe and Responsible Driver Act allows illegal immigrants to receive a permit to legally drive in California. Photo: Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian

On Saturday, amid a nationwide day of action for immigration reform, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed eight bills that ease conditions for undocumented immigrants in the state. Among them was the "TRUST Act," which prevents law enforcement from unduly detaining undocumented immigrants who have not committed serious crimes. He also approved a measure last week that would give undocumented immigrants the right to apply for drivers licenses.

Other bills singed include one that allows undocumented immigrants to be admitted to the California Bar Association, and another allowing community colleges to exempt undocumented students from being charged non-resident tuition if they are attending part-time. It seems the government shutdown and continued Congressional inaction on immigration reform did not deter Brown from making landmark decisions on immigrant rights in his own state.