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Here’s A Brief History About The Feud Between President Trump And California

President Donald Trump has made no mystery about his discontent with the state of California. The president has tried to talk down to the most populated state in the country boasting 12 percent of the population. Not to mention, California is the fifth largest economy in the world surpassing Great Britain last year.

There are several speculations about why Trump is so angry with The Golden State. Conversations around the City of Angels point to his perceived snub at the Emmys since “Celebrity Apprentice” never won an award. It is such a sore subject for the president that Hillary Clinton mentioned the snubs during the 2016 campaign.

Another sore spot for the president is the overwhelming and crushing defeat his presidential run experienced in California. Clinton figuratively stomped Trump with her 2.8 million vote win of the popular vote. In California, Clinton beat Trump by more than 4 million votes.

Not to mention all the times that California has taken Trump to court and blocked several of his measures aimed at hindering immigration and the environment.

Here’s a brief look at the feud between Trump and California that has transpired in the past couple of years.

On June 16, 2015, Trump announced his run for president and did so by saying that Mexicans were rapists and drug dealers.

Trump said in 2015: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

He also said that he would: “terminate President Obama’s illegal executive order on immigration, immediately.”

This statement alone set into motion a narrative that is against Mexicans, Latinos in general, and all immigrants.

Trump’s anti-immigration agenda included going after sanctuary cities, many of which are in California.

With the help of Attorney General Jeff Sessionswho’s always been outspoken about immigration and sanctuary cities — the Trump administration issued a harsh stance against undocumented people and the city officials who protect them.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have conducted several raids throughout the country, particularly in California including the Bay Area, Central Valley, and Los Angeles.

One of the ways California fought back against Trump targeting immigrants in that state was by passing the California Values Act.

On Oct. 5, 2017, Governor Brown singed the California Values Act, Senate Bill 54, which prohibits local officials and resources from aiding federal officials in carrying out raids.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the law “ensures that no state or local resources are diverted to fuel any attempt by the federal government to carry out mass deportations and that our schools, our hospitals, and our courthouses are safe spaces for everyone in our community.”

There’s been so much pushback from California that Trump has threatened to pull ICE out of the state.

“If we ever pulled our ICE out, if we ever said, ‘Hey, let California alone, let them figure it out for themselves,’ in two months they’d be begging for us to come back,” Trump said during a press conference. “They would be begging. And you know what, I’m thinking about doing it.”

Interestingly enough James Schwab, an ICE spokesman for the San Francisco Division, resigned yesterday saying he was basically told to lie.

“I just couldn’t bear the burden — continuing on as a representative of the agency and charged with upholding integrity, knowing that information was false,” Schwab said on CNN.

Schwab said he had a particular issue with the number that was being thrown around by Sessions and ICE director Tom Homan. Both officials said they wanted to detain 800 undocumented immigrants, but because Oakland Mayor announced the raid beforehand, they couldn’t get all of their targets.

“It’s a false statement because we never pick up 100 percent of our targets. And to say they’re a type of dangerous criminal is also misleading,” Schwab said on CNN.

One of the biggest contested issues between Californians and Trump is the border wall. Neither the U.S. or Mexico has agreed to pay for it.

Since the beginning of his campaign, Trump has demanded more security and a “stronger” border. But the main problem — which has yet to be resolved — is that no one wants to pay for it. Not Mexico or the U.S.

In 2017, California Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced a bill that would blacklist any state company that worked on Trump’s wall.

“If you’re a business that wants to do work with Trump’s proposed wall, then quite frankly, California doesn’t want to do business with you,” Lara said last year, according to NPR.

In 2018, California really stepped up their vigorous challenges against the president like during the time of inhumane family separations.

California was one of 17 states to bring lawsuits against the Trump administration over the zero-tolerance policy implemented by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Trump administration tried to act like they didn’t create the crisis at the border but the policy made it clear that they were to blame. As a result, federal courts ordered the Trump administration to reunite family but it was discovered that would be difficult because the administration did not properly register all the families separated. Some families are still indefinitely separated under the brutal and inhumane policy.

California has also been relentlessly fighting against the war on women perpetrated by the Trump administration.

By stripping federal funding from women’s healthcare centers, low-income women are going to be impacted. The Trump administration has made Planned Parenthood their greatest enemy and there doesn’t seem to be an end to their attacks in sight. Fortunately, states are standing up for their residents and fighting the Trump administration on their behalf.

And, most recently, there is the matter fo the citizenship question, which California is suing about.

Trump’s desire to question people about their citizenship on the census has been embroiled in legal battles since it was announced. Critics of the question say that the move will disproportionately impact states with high immigrant populations. The question could lead to some states losing billions in federal funds and lowering their representative and electoral college numbers.

READ: Jeff Sessions Held A Press Conference To Discuss The Lawsuit Against California’s State Laws About Undocumented Immigrants

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

Sen. Ted Cruz has reached peak infamy with a piñata in his honor. People have been turned into piñatas over the years for both good and bad reasons. The Cruz piñata serves as a reminder of the senator’s attempt to flee the brutal Texas winter crisis.

A Texas party store is selling piñatas of Sen. Ted Cruz and people are into it.

Piñatas are always the centerpiece of a fun party and they are even more exciting when they are topical. One party shop in Texas is riding on the wave of local and national news criticizing Sen. Cruz to cash in.

Last week Sen. Cruz was caught boarding a United flight to Cancún, Mexico to escape the winter storm devastating Texas. As millions of Texans survived without water and power, the Cruz family booked a Mexican getaway to warmer weather and reliable electricity.

At first, Sen. Cruz tried to blame his daughters for fleeing Texas as his constituents suffered from the weather. He soon changed his story and claimed that he realized he had made a mistake as soon as he sat down on the plane waiting to depart from Houston.

Finally, after days of speculation, someone came forward and leaked text messages from Sen. Cruz’s wife, Heidi. Turns out, according to the texts, that the Cruz family was actively planning a vacation to avoid the snowstorm. According to the texts, the Cruz family was trying to convince neighbors and friends to join them so they can get out of their freezing house. The criticism amplified when it was reported that the Cruz family left the family dog behind as they fled to Mexico.

People are eager to get their hands on a Sen. Cruz piñata.

Families have been in quarantine for almost a year and they are hitting a wall. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it is no surprise that people would want to have something to do together outdoors. Seems that a lot of people would like a piñata party to celebrate the bad weather slowly moving out.

There are even some people asking for different people made as piñatas.

You never know unless you ask, right? Never hurts to try to make your own request to better your birthday. It seems that the party store is able to make various different piñatas. The party store made a piñata after Sen. Bernie Sanders’ famous mitten moment at President Biden’s inauguration.

READ: Sen. Ted Cruz Makes Quick U-Turn From Mexico After Outrage He Abandoned His Frozen Texas

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Gov. Newsom And California Lawmakers Unveil Stimulus Checks, Relief For Undocumented Residents

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Gov. Newsom And California Lawmakers Unveil Stimulus Checks, Relief For Undocumented Residents

Americans are still waiting for the $1,400 check from the federal government to make good on the $2,000 promise In the meantime, some Californians will get extra help from the state government. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a $9.6 billion stimulus package for state residents and undocumented people.

Low-income Californians will be eligible for a $600 stimulus check from the state government.

Gov. Newsom and California lawmakers have agreed on a $9.6 billion relief package for the Golden State. The relief package is offering much needed relief to businesses, individuals, and students. The relief will come to Californians in different ways.

According to a statement, the package is making good on the promise to help low-income Californians, increase small business aid, and waive license renewal fees for businesses impacted by the pandemic. In addition, the package “provides tax relief for businesses, commits additional resources for critical child care services and funds emergency financial aid for community college students.”

The relief package is aimed at helping those who are hardest hit by the pandemic.

“As we continue to fight the pandemic and recover, I’m grateful for the Legislature’s partnership to provide urgent relief and support for California families and small businesses where it’s needed most,” Gov. Newsom said in a statement. “From child care, relief for small business owners, direct cash support to individuals, financial aid for community college students and more, these actions are critical for millions of Californians who embody the resilience of the California spirit.”

The package will quadruple the assistance to restaurants and small businesses in California. Small businesses and restaurants will be eligible for $25,000 in grants from a $2 billion fund.

Undocumented Californians will also receive a boost from the state government.

Low-income Californians will receive a one-time payment of $600 while undocumented people will be given a $600 boost. The money will be sent to tax-paying undocumented people in California.

According to the California Budget & Policy Center, undocumented people in California pay $3 billion a year in local and state taxes. Despite paying taxes, the undocumented community has not been ineligible for relief payments from the federal government. These payments will give needed relief to a community overlooked throughout the pandemic.

“We’re nearly a year into this pandemic, and millions of Californians continue to feel the impact on their wallets and bottom lines. Businesses are struggling. People are having a hard time making ends meet. This agreement builds on Governor Newsom’s proposal and in many ways, enhances it so that we can provide the kind of immediate emergency relief that families and small businesses desperately need right now,” Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins said in a statement. “People are hungry and hurting, and businesses our communities have loved for decades are at risk of closing their doors. We are at a critical moment, and I’m proud we were able to come together to get Californians some needed relief.”

Learn more about the relief package by clicking here.

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