Quite a few Mayors, Senators, Congressmen, and Governors have made it quite public that even though Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential Election, they have no intention of following some of his rules. Most notably, California kicked off their new legislature session at the beginning of December by taking steps to protect undocumented immigrants, something that directly opposes a major campaign platform of President Elect Donald Trump. Democrats hold the house majority in both the state senate and state assembly, and in a press conference both chambers of legislature made it quite clear that they are calling for Donald Trump to scrap his campaign promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. They went on to discuss how they feel immigrants are vital to many of the industries in California including agriculture, construction, domestic services, health care, and technology. Immigrants also represent a great percentage of small business owners that in turn creates job opportunities and economic opportunities for everyone.
The lawmakers introduced two bills they hope to get passed that will aid undocumented immigrants. One bill creates a legal aid fund for those who may face deportation, similar to a program that is being considered for New York, and a bill that would create training centers to help spread education to legal works on how the immigration laws actually work. More in-depth information on these bills can be found here.
California is known for celebrating diversity, and deportation goes against their beliefs. Currently, it is estimated that nearly 3 million undocumented immigrants live in the state and they make up nearly 10 percent of the states workforce. With numbers like these, this announcement is likely just the beginning as California prepares to “lead the resistance” against Trump’s deportation agenda. The state feels it has set a great example for other states to follow and one election is not going to reverse all the progress they have made as well as reduce their diversity, advancement, and economic output.