California State Legislators Blast President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO - On Wednesday, California state legislators reacted to President Trump’s executive orders relating to immigration. Full video of the press conference can be seen below including remarks from: 

  • California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles)
  • Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego)
  • Senator Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)
  • Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley)
  • Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego)
  • Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)
  • Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego


Remarks by Senate Leader de León (As prepared for delivery):

It should go without saying that America is and always has been a nation of immigrants.

It’s part of our national heritage and vital to our prosperity.

Clearly, there are and should be limits on immigration and it is the responsibility of the federal government to set those limits.

We can all agree that we need comprehensive immigration reform – clear, predictable and fair guidelines, with secure borders and a path to citizenship for those who are undocumented.

But the executive actions announced today are counterproductive, divisive and unnecessary.

They won’t make us safer. They won’t bring back jobs or solve our economic challenges.

In fact, these measures do just the opposite.

These are spiteful and mean-spirited directives that only instill fear in the hearts of millions of people who pay taxes, contribute to our economy and our way of life.

Tearing apart honest, hardworking families is not the answer. Separating mothers from their children is no solution.

These measures are inconsistent with our values and we will have no part in their implementation.

If the new President wants to wage a campaign of fear against innocent families, he can count us out.

We will not spend a single cent, nor lift a finger to aid his efforts.

In fact, the Senate will expedite the process to pass my bill, SB 54, to prevent state and local tax dollars and law enforcement resources from being used to help ICE destroy families and damage our economy.

The bill will be heard in both the judiciary and public safety committees on Tuesday.

We will also fast-track SB 6 by Senator Ben Hueso – the Due Process for All Act – to make sure those facing deportation have due process and adequate legal representation.

Thanks to the supermajority we won in November, we have the ability to use urgency clauses to implement new laws immediately, and the actions of the new administration demand an immediate response.

We will also explore all of our legal options, in collaboration with Attorney General Becerra and the legislature’s outside legal counsel.

Singling out states and cities with punitive threats and withholding federal resources as today’s order on sanctuary cities does, is unconstitutional.  

It’s not the job of our local and county and state law enforcement to turn the cogs of President Trump’s deportation machine. 

He cannot force us and we will not hesitate to fight him in Congress and settle the matter in court.