California Democrats try to thwart Trump’s immigration policies

December 5, 2016

California Democratic PartyCalifornia Democrats are introducing a host of bills aimed at stopping President-elect Donald Trump’s immigration policies, real or perceived, from taking effect in the state.

One package of bills consists of urgent measures that, if passed, would take effect immediately. Those bills include proposals to create a public fund to pay for illegal immigrant’s legal bills during deportation proceedings; provide immigration law training to public defenders; and prohibit state and local law enforcement from responding to the requests of federal immigration authorities. [New York Times]

Other legislation includes a bill that would require California voter approval for Trump’s planned border wall. Likewise, a bill would bar state agencies from providing information that would end up in a so-called Muslim registry.

“Throughout the presidential campaign and since, the president-elect has made many troubling statements that run counter to the principles that define California today,” said Kevin de Leon, the Senate president pro tempore. “There is no greater policy area than immigration where the comments run headlong to the values we share as Californians.”

De Leon said the bills proposing the legal fund, the public defender training and the ban on cooperation with immigration authorities would be introduced on Monday, the first day of the legislative session.

The legal fund would be used mostly to finance grants for nonprofits that defend illegal immigrants during deportation proceedings. The fund is expected to receive contributions from private parties, as well as from other government agencies. San Francisco’s public defender, Jeff Adachi, has proposed setting aside $5 million from the city’s budget to go toward the defense of illegal immigrants.

About two-thirds of all detained immigrants in California do not have attorneys. Illegal immigrants are more likely to successfully challenge deportation if they have an attorney, several studies show.

California has spent $33 million on legal assistance for immigrants over the past two years.

The public defender training proposal calls for setting up facilities throughout the state where the lawyers would learn about immigration law. De Leon said the training would better able public defenders to convey to immigrants the impact their criminal offenses might have on their deportation cases.

Trump has said he would focus on deporting illegal immigrants who have been convicted of crimes in the United States and that there are probably 2 or 3 million of such people in the country. California Democrats say there is not that high of a number of illegal immigrants who have committed crimes and that Trump plans to deport many immigrants who are not criminals.

“If the president-elect has identified two to three million criminal immigrants, we can only assume it’s a pretense to open up criteria to deport mothers who are pulled over for a broken tail light,” de Leon said. “We want to ensure that those facing deportation are afforded due process, so that the most vulnerable are protected.”

The Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research group, said there are about 820,000 undocumented immigrants in the country who have been convicted of crimes.

De Leon said the proposals on financial aid for immigrant legal services and training for public defenders would be voted on next month. That legislative package includes the proposal to prohibit all state and local law enforcement agencies from responding to requests from immigration authorities.

Since the bills are urgency measures, they require a two-thirds vote to pass. Thus, the bills will test the Democrats new super-majority in the Legislature.

In a separate proposal, State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said he is introducing a package of bills called Fight For California. Lara’s proposals include the bill that would require Trump’s proposed border wall to be approved by California voters, as well as the bill that would bar state agencies from providing information to federal entities that are compiling a so-called Muslim registry. [LA Times]

“We’re not going to allow a wall that harms our environment and our economy,” Lara said in a statement. “We’re not going to allow personal data on individual Californians’ religious beliefs to be used to compile an unconstitutional database.”


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whatdouno

$33 million in two years for attorneys fees to pay to defend them for breaking the law so they can stay here and continue to break the law? With a population of 39 million in 2015, that’s almost half a million dollars, per person, in this state in taxes.

If I break the law is the State of California going to use tax money to defend me? No wonder California is broke and the middle class is disappearing.

Just read in New Times about ailing senior citizens who are concerned about where they will live because social security isn’t providing enough for their “golden years”, but we can spend this kind of insane money on defending illegal immigrants. Your system is broken. When I stop paying taxes so I can afford a roof over my head I hope they are as generous.


kayaknut

It always easier to spend someone else’s money, than your own.


1965buick

I don’t really consider myself Right or Left, but I don’t understand this. Are we a nation of laws or a nation of exceptions? How do you ask law enforcement to do their job when the law is ‘kinda sorta, but not really?’


I don’t walk up to a bar and say give me a beer, free, because I said so. It’s just making it that much harder on younger generations to understand the society in which we live. Heck, I still don’t understand it and I’ve had several decades to do so.


RonHolt

I would feel the way you do too if it weren’t for the fact that poorly written or outright bad laws make a mockery of the concepts of justice and equality at times. When we start insisting upon better laws (often fewer laws), I will be more than willing to support stricter enforcement because justice and equality will be served.


CentralcoastRN

The current system supports lying, cheating, and stealing to get entitlements. There is no accountability in place for illegals.


Slosum

The last time I drove through Beverly Hills or Hillsborough Heights or Atherton, I recall seeing fences and walls around the mansions, and I’m pretty sure the front doors had gates and locks on them too. The only time these coastal elites allow illegals Juan and Maria into their home is when the grass needs mowing and the clothes need cleaning. But of course the state of California shouldn’t have a wall or front door of its own. That’s heartless.


Sarboss

Listen to the words being said here by Senator de Leon in context:


“If the president-elect has identified two to three million criminal immigrants, we can ONLY assume it’s a PRETENSE…”


Translations: No matter what Trump says….we say its a lie!


ConfedOfDunces

Isn’t it enough that we pay to deport illegal immigrants. Indeed, the sky is falling.


aft50s

Where the hell does DeLeon think he’s gonna get the money to pay for all this B.S.? Yeah, you guessed it, our wallets.


I for one am all for deporting someone who is convicted of a crime involving hurting others. Not once have I heard Trump, or any other Republican say anything about deporting the mom with a burned out taillight. Just more of the Democrats scare tactics.


RonHolt

Initially, Trump didn’t make any distinction and talked about deporting all “illegals.” He later walked that back to just the ones who are acting criminally and I am OK with that. The problem is that because Trump says one thing and then modifies or changes it, it is hard to tell what he really intends to do. I suspect that he will do whatever he thinks has the greatest chance of making him look the best. I hope he is better than that but I have seen little to make me think that is so yet.


Rambunctious

Oooooooooo That’s gonna cost ya.


Rich in MB

Break Federal Law…and face the Consequences.

It will be FUN to watch these Lawless, Unconstitutional Sanctuary Cities buckle.


Why Doesn’t Bakersfield call itself a Federal Income Tax Sanctuary city and Shield it’s Citizens from having to pay Federal Taxes, or Follow Federal Environmental Laws…Bingo. The logic train runs off the rails with the Bogus Sanctuary City Arguments.


Pelican1

No, no Rich….break federal law and be offered amnesty, a free education, driver’s license, insurance, free medical, a chance at law school…even maybe a judgeship.

Pathetic!