Ben Hueso

California's new legislative session begins with a message: We're ready to fight Trump

California's new legislative session begins with a message: We're ready to fight Trump

State lawmakers clashed in rancorous debate Monday over how to respond to President-elect Donald Trump, with the majority party Democrats introducing a barrage of legislation challenging his key proposals on immigration, and urging him to abandon threats of mass deportations.

Gaveling in a new two-year session, lawmakers announced bills that would provide attorneys to immigrants in the country illegally, refuse assistance to any proposed registry of Muslim immigrants and require any wall built along the Mexican border to first be approved by California voters.

Democratic leaders were harshly critical of Trump and sounded a combative tone in their opening comments,...

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