Cheryl Miller
December 5, 2016

As the state of California prepares for the incoming new administration, lawmakers are now seeking out how the state will respond to the President-Elect’s campaign promises. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount said, “[It] is up to us to pass policies that would firewall Californians—and what we believe—from the cynical, short sighted and reactionary agenda that is rising in the wake of the election.” Some of those policies are already being proposed.
Despite the uncertainty and fluctuating tune of the President-Elect’s positions, lawmakers are preparing to protect their constituents. One senator introduced legislation that would require a public vote on any wall constructed along California’s southern border. There were also two bills introduced to increase the availability of legal services for undocumented residents facing deportation.
LAAC Executive Director, Salena Copeland, is quoted here expressing optimism over the recently proposed legislation to get $80 million in funding for legal aid and immigration law firms to help undocumented California immigrants potentially facing deportation. Despite concerns that there will not be enough to attorneys to handle all the possible cases Salena believes there will be enough willing attorneys if the state were to find the funding. “There are plenty of new law school graduates who are fired up about helping the most vulnerable residents,” she says.
California Lawmakers Want a ‘Firewall’ to Shield State from Trump
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