It took them until 2 a.m. Saturday morning, but lawmakers finished this year's session with landmark legislation on immigration, climate change and poverty headed to the Governor's desk. State Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon argued this was one of the most "accomplished legislative sessions in California history." State Government Reporter Ben Bradford gives a wrap up of the bills now sitting on the Governor's desk awaiting signature.
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California state legislators ended their annual session the way they began it — building a wall to protect undocumented immigrants from President Trump. Not an iron wall, as Trump promised to erect along the U.S.-Mexico border, but a legal barrier to prevent local police and sheriffs from teaming with the president’s agents to enforce federal immigration law.
The legislators did a lot of other things, too, before adjourning early Saturday until January.
California lawmakers approved a bill that would make the state a so-called sanctuary state. Kevin de León, a state senator from Los Angeles explains how the bill is meant to add further protection to immigrants in the country without documentation.
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Within a day of President Trump’s election last November, California's top Democratic lawmakers responded with a joint statement that contained an audacious promise. It was their state, not Washington, D.C., that would be the "keeper of the nation's future."
An artistic rendering of that vow, with looping calligraphy and a roaring Grizzly, is now on display in the offices of Senate leader Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. In the wake of Trump's win, the words seemed to be a sort of foundational document — California's declaration of resistance.
Ripping into Donald Trump in the final hours of this year’s legislative session, California lawmakers passed measures urging Congress to censure the president, bucking his immigration policies and seeking to force him to release his tax returns. They also formally called on Trump “to publicly apologize to all Americans for his racist and bigoted behavior.”
California lawmakers approved a “sanctuary state” bill on Saturday that would put new restrictions on interactions between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities, drawing the ire of federal officials who argued the legislation prioritizes politics over public safety. The bill, known as SB-54, is intended to bolster the state’s immigrant protections, which are already among the toughest in the nation.
California lawmakers on Saturday passed a “sanctuary state” bill to protect immigrants without legal residency in the U.S., part of a broader push by Democrats to counter expanded deportation orders under the Trump administration. The legislation by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), the most far-reaching of its kind in the country, would limit state and local law enforcement communication with federal immigration authorities, and prevent officers from questioning and holding people on immigration violations.
In what appeared to be an act of defiance against President Trump and to the dismay of many in law enforcement, California lawmakers took a significant step toward making the state a so-called “sanctuary state.”
SACRAMENTO – California State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) will be traveling to Washington, D.C. this week to discuss the economy, immigration, and foreign policy following one of the most productive legislative sessions in California history.
SACRAMENTO – The Senate President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate, Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), issued the following statement today on the historic accomplishments of the California State Senate in 2017:
“This year we set out to revitalize our crumbling infrastructure and confront the housing crisis -- issues that touch the lives of every Californian.