Statement: California Senate Leader on President Trump’s Threat to California

Monday, February 06, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s recent comments about the state of California:

“Far from being out of control, California is creating jobs faster than any other state and immigrants are key to our economic prosperity. We are an engine for the country’s innovation and job growth and our state annually pays more in federal taxes than it gets back. Our economy is the sixth largest in the world and thirteen percent of the country’s GDP. So any pain the President wants to cause in California will ripple nationwide. 

“President Trump’s threat to weaponize federal funding is not only unconstitutional but emblematic of the cruelty he seeks to impose on our most vulnerable communities. Taking such irresponsible action would hurt our senior citizens, children, farmers, and veterans – these are not political games, these are real lives the President is targeting.

“States have a right to pursue their own public safety policies and no President with little knowledge of how a republic operates can change that. My legislation that the President attacked simply prevents federal commandeering of our resources and tax dollars to do the job of the federal government and does not impede the enforcement of federal immigration law. New research proves that counties with so-called sanctuary policies have lower crime rates and stronger economic activity and it would make no sense for the Administration to undermine California’s legacy of inclusion and progressive public policy, which was reaffirmed by millions of citizens in the last election.

“I will continue working closely with Governor Brown, Assembly Speaker Rendon, Attorney General Becerra and our Congressional delegation in Washington to take all action necessary to protect our people and our progress.”