After heated debates in both chambers, California state lawmakers on Monday said they were prepared to stand up to an incoming federal administration that threatened the state’s progressive work to incorporate the immigrant community into society.
“We are here because the president-elect said immigration would be one of his first targets," Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said. "There is still a lot of uncertainty about what the administration will actually do. But again, we have all heard the insults, and we have all heard the lies. We have also all heard the threats."
Lawmakers said they wanted to remind Congress of immigrants' contribution to the economy through a number of resolutions and bills filed on Day One of the legislative session. And they sought to send the message that the state does not approve of bigoted rhetoric, mass deportation or expedited removal from the country without due process.