Several lawmakers in California's congressional delegation are asking Trump's top immigration official for a meeting, pointing to what they called his "reprehensible" statement on a new so-called sanctuary state law that will limit cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.
In a letter to Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Rep. Jimmy Gomez and 13 other Congress members argue Senate Bill 54 will not "shield removable aliens from immigration enforcement," nor create another "magnet for illegal immigration," as Homan has said.
"California law enforcement should not be deputized as immigration agents to incite fear in our communities and undermine public safety," the letter stated. "We request that you meet with us to clarify your statements and restore the trust in public safety that is necessary for our communities."
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed nine bills to aid young people facing charges and serving time, a victory for a statewide coalition of criminal justice groups that brought together celebrities and former youth offenders in a push to divert children from a path to prison.
The new laws will increase parole opportunities and ease punishment for people who committed crimes as children or teens. They will allow courts to seal certain juvenile records and limit the administrative fees that counties charge families with children in juvenile detention.
Five of the bills were part of a package of proposals introduced by state Sens. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), who contended the juvenile system should treat young offenders like children and not hardened criminals.
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In her first run for Congress, Rep. Mimi Walters campaigned saying that people who enter the U.S. illegally “should not be rewarded" and in office she's voted at least three times against protections for people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Rep. Ed Royce once called the Dream Act, which would have given those young people a path to citizenship, "amnesty" and warned that illegal immigrants would take university spots away from American citizens.
But when President Trump announced last month that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, both Orange County Republicans sympathized with so-called Dreamers and called on Congress to pass a permanent solution to help them.
With a March date set for DACA's phaseout and hundreds of thousands of young livelihoods on the line, immigrant advocates are ramping up pressure on Orange County Republicans: Royce, Walters, and Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Darrell Issa.
California joined five other states Thursday in filing a court action seeking to block the Trump administration’s new restrictions on travelers from a handful of countries, arguing it is unconstitutionally motivated by anti-Muslim animus.
State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said the new restrictions, which take effect Oct. 18, contain the same flaws as those previously challenged by states in the courts.
The restrictions affect visitors from North Korea and Venezuela and from countries with large Muslim populations: Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Chad and Somalia.
Whistleblowers led California auditors to discover misconduct by several state employees during the last year, including misuse of money for limousine trips and inaccurate time reporting that cost taxpayers thousands of dollars, according to a report released Thursday.
State Auditor Elaine Howle’s twice-yearly report of employee misconduct comes after her office investigated 50 cases that raised concerns.
“State agencies must report to my office any corrective or disciplinary action taken in response to recommendations we make,” Howle wrote to Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature.
There are many paths to the presidency, most of them a standard climb from one elected office to the next.
A whole passel of lawmakers have cycled their way through a governorship or the U.S. Senate en route to the White House. Others arrived with less buttoned-down backgrounds. There have been war heroes, a former haberdasher, a onetime movie actor.
And then, of course, there is the current occupant whose resume — real estate developer, beauty pageant promoter, conspiracy monger, reality TV celebrity — makes up a category all its own.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill that allows judges to decide against imposing prison sentencing enhancements of 10 or more years in cases where firearms are used in committing a felony.
State Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) introduced the measure, saying public safety is not served by the current mandate for enhancements, which come in the form of an additional sentence of 10 years, 20 years or life in prison.
“Far too many people of color are disproportionately impacted by our state’s overly punitive sentencing laws, which tie the hands of our judges,” Bradford said after the signing. “We must provide judges with the same level of discretion at sentencing as we afford prosecutors when filing charges.”
Tom Steyer, a San Francisco environmentalist and a major political donor, is calling on all Democrats to support the impeachment of President Trump.
In a Tuesday letter to campaign committees and every Democratic member of Congress, Steyer said the president is “not fit for office” and is “engaged in a systematic attack on the future of our children.”
“The public deserves to know where every Democrat stands on the issue of the highest import to the lives of every single American now, before those elections happen,” Steyer wrote. “I am asking you today to make public your position on the impeachment of Donald Trump and call for his removal from office.”