Senate Leader Kevin de León Heads to Washington D.C. for Speaking Engagements and Meetings

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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. 


On Wednesday, Senator de León will deliver a keynote address at Center for American Progress and join a panel of experts to discuss state and local actions to promote public safety and increase inclusion for immigrant and refugee communities across the country.  This discussion comes on the heels of the Trump Administration’s announcement that it is terminating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era initiative that has shielded nearly 800,000 young people from deportation, and the California Legislature’s passage on Saturday of SB 54, the California Values Act, a landmark measure that limits local and state law enforcement in carrying out the Trump Administration’s deportation agenda.


When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 12:00pm EST, 9:00am PST

Where:  Center for American Progress

                            1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor    

                            Washington, D.C. 20005

California Senate Leader Kevin de León           
Liz Cedillo-Pereira, Director of the Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs, City of Dallas, Texas
Monica Fuentes, Director of the Washington, D.C. Office of Welcoming America
Mark Prosser, Police Chief, City of Storm Lake, Iowa

Press Availability: Senator de León will be available to speak to press at approximately 1:00pm EST, following the panel discussion.

More Information: Please contact Tanya Artiti at, or call (202) 741-6258

Shortly after his press availability, the Senator will be meeting with Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss ongoing legal strategy to insulate the state of California from the Trump Administration’s damaging policies.


While the debate over the future of NAFTA takes place in Washington, U.S. trade with Mexico is largely defined by specialization at the regional, state and city levels. California and the Western region have a unique perspective on what may be gained and lost in changes to the U.S.-Mexico trade relationship, especially related to agriculture and manufacturing.

The Senate Leader will participate in a panel discussion at the University of California, Washington Center, and will be moderated by the University of California President Janet Napolitano.

            When: Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 3:30pm EST, 12:30pm PST

            Where: University of California, Washington Center
                         1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW
                         Washington, D.C. 20036

            California Senate Leader Kevin de León
            Maria Echaveste – Co-founder and Senior Advisor, Nueva Vista Group
            Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez – Ambassador of Mexico to the United States

For Washington DC press interested in scheduling interviews with Senator de León during his time in the nation’s capital, please contact

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