California Leaders Lay Out Plan To Stand Up To Trump On Immigration

California Leaders Lay Out Plan To Stand Up To Trump On Immigration

California’s legislature kicked off its new session on Monday by taking steps to protect undocumented immigrants during President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

In a press conference, Kevin de Leon( D-Los Angeles ), the state senate chairperson pro tempore, and Anthony Rendon( D-Paramount ), the country assembly speaker, informed the committee that both chambers of the legislature which now have Democratic supermajorities passed identical solvings calling on Trump to abandon his campaign promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.

“Immigrants are vital to many of California’s industries such as technology, health care, agriculture, construction, hospitality, and domestic services, ” reads the resolution. “Immigrants also represent a large percentage of small business owners and make[ economic] prosperity and needed tasks for everyone.”

The lawmakers also announced the introduction of two bills to help undocumented immigrants if Trump seeks his aggressive expulsion plan. SB 6, authored by state Sen. Ben Hueso( D-San Diego ), would establish a legal aid fund for people facing deportation.( A similar program is also under consideration in New York .) AB 3, authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta( D-Oakland ), would set up train centres to educate legal workers on immigration laws.

In recent years, the country parliament has made it a most important priorities to protect immigrants, regardless of their legal status. California has erased the word “alien” from its labor laws, widened in-state tuition rates to undocumented students and issued driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

“California celebrates diversity, ” said de Leon. “We don’t deport it.”

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, 2. 67 million undocumented immigrants lived in the Golden state as of 2013. A 2014 study conducted by the University of Southern California and the California Immigrant Policy Center find undocumented immigrants made up nearly 10 percent of California’s workforce and contributed $130 billion annually to the state’s GDP.

Monday’s announcement is likely to be the first of many legislative moves aimed at challenging the president-elect. California officials have vowed to “lead the resistance” against policies that threaten the state’s progressive values, was of the view that Trump’s views are “inconsistent with the values of the people of California.”

“California has long set an example for other states to follow. And California will defend its people and our progress, ” de Leon and Rendon said in a joint statement after the elections. “We are not going to allow one elected to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output, and sense of global responsibility.”

California Gov. Jerry Brown( D) issued a similar warn to Trump, pledging to “find common ground whenever possible” while still standing up to the new administration.

“As Californians, we will also remains true to our core principle, ” he said. “We will protect the precious rights of our people and continue to confront the existential threat of our time- devastating climate change.”

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