Brown Immigration

06/23/2014 2:29 pm0 commentsViews: 31
Gov. Jerry Brown , Gracias. Photo by Gary McCarthy

Gov. Jerry Brown , Gracias.
Photo by Gary McCarthy

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Although hope is fading that Congress will overhaul
the nation’s immigration system, Gov. Jerry Brown told supporters in Los
Angeles  that California’s progressive laws on the topic can spread east
and influence the rest of the nation.
Brown — joined by members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus
and immigrant-rights activists at the Pico House in Los Angeles — said
powerful Latino families and leaders are moving the state forward on the
immigration issue.
“Back there in Washington, they are really all mixed up. They are
dysfunctional, they are polarized, they are fighting, but the spirit of
California is going to spread east,” Brown said.
During a brief ceremony, activists and members of the caucus honored
legislation Brown signed last year to help workers and immigrants in the state.
In October, Brown signed eight bills, including one that bars law
enforcement officials from detaining immigrants for extended periods of time
for minor crimes while waiting for federal immigration authorities to take them
into custody.
During the ceremony, Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, said
criminalizing the undocumented ultimately hurts the state.
“It is quite clear that the federal government is failing us with each
passing day,” he said. “Washington, D.C., and their dysfunction is quite
severe.”
Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, who chairs the California Latino
Legislative Caucus, said California values its immigrants.
“We have a governor who understands our contributions to this great
state and to our great country,” Lara said.
Brown’s stop in Los Angeles came following a ceremony in San Diego,
where signed California’s $156 billion budget for 2014-15.

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