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Defiant California Set To Vote On Act That Would Make Entire State A Sanctuary For Undocumented Immigrants

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Over the last several weeks, President Trump has put sanctuary cities on notice: stop protecting undocumented immigrants or risk losing billions in federal funding for state programs. California’s political leaders are far from intimidated, and in fact are now discussing turning the entire state into a sanctuary for its undocumented population, The Hill reports.

On Tuesday, California’s Senate Public Safety Committee approved the California Values Act, which calls for several protections for undocumented immigrants.


The Act, which was introduced in December, would provide several protections for undocumented residents, including legal funding for undocumented immigrants. It would also block “immigration enforcement” in several institutions, including schools and hospitals. San Francisco has already filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration, saying it violates the Tenth Amendment, according to The Hill.

Undocumented immigrants are in integral part of California’s identity, economy and history.


It’s not just about the money for California’s politicians, as they are already willing to sacrifice federal funding to protect their undocumented immigrant population. Governor Jerry Brown has gone on record, according to Yahoo! News, saying that they are “integral” to what California stands for. “They have helped create the wealth and dynamism of this state from the very beginning,” said Brown.

The push for sanctuary status is led by the legislation, which is majority Democrat.


Prior to 1992, California was largely Republican. But the growing Latino population, which is now a majority in the state, has pushed the state towards the left, creating a super majority of Democrats in the state legislation. As of today, 27 of California’s Senators are Democrats. Senate President and Democrat Kevin de León released a statement back in December, saying, “We will not stand by and let the federal government use our state and local agencies to separate mothers from their children.”

The California Values Act is scheduled to move to the Senate, where it will go up for vote.


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Trump Reportedly Threatened To Send Military To Mexico In Phone Call With EPN

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Trump Reportedly Threatened To Send Military To Mexico In Phone Call With EPN

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A week after President Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto faced off over a possible border wall, things continue to remain tense.

According to the Associated Press, during a phone call with Mexican President Peña Nieto, President Trump threatened to send the U.S. military to Mexico unless EPN stopped the “bad hombres” in the country.

The Associated Press says it received an official transcript of the conversation from a Mexican official who preferred to remain anonymous. Here’s an excerpt provided by the AP:

“You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”

The AP’s report appears to corroborate a previous story by Mexican news organization Aristegui Noticias, which reported that Peña Nieto was “humiliated” during their phone conversation.

According to Dolia Estevez, a Mexican reporter who had access to the conversation, Trump told EPN that he “didn’t need Mexico or Mexicans.” He then criticized Mexico’s military for not doing enough to stop drug cartels.

Estevez: “Fue una conversación muy ofensiva donde Trump humilló a Peña Nieto.” (It was a very offensive conversation in which Trump humiliated Peña Nieto).

Mexico’s government has denied the reports, telling the Associated Press that they are “based on falsehoods.”


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