Past Features

November 12, 2016

How did it happen?

Los Angeles Times  
California and Trump are on a collision course over immigrants here illegally
    California is quickly becoming a battleground for immigration policy as a cross-section of leaders across the state vowed to fight any plans by President-elect Donald Trump to deport thousands of people in the U.S. illegally.
    Trump said during the presidential campaign that he'll build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and deport people in the country illegally. He is expected to unwind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an initiative by President Obama that protects immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
    California has some of the nation's most liberal policies when it comes to handling immigrants here illegally. The state has allowed them to get driver's licenses, health coverage for children and in-state tuition. Institutions like churches also support immigrants.
    But the Golden State could be on a collision course with Trump if he pushes hard-line immigration policies enthusiastically backed by many of his supporters.

Glenn Spencer
A California Commission
   President-elect Trump should initiate plans to establish a Presidential Commission to address the issues he will face when dealing with a recalcitrant California. The commission should lay out the history of illegal immigration into California - especially the illegal manner in which Proposition 187, passed by a large majority of California voters, was killed by Gov. Gray Davis and the President of Mexico.
    Special attention should be paid to the role the Mexican government played in undermining the rule of law and the Los Angeles Times for its biased reporting.
    Victor David Hansen, author of Mexifornia, should be a key witness.
    As a President Trump moves to bring California into the fold of law abiding states, America should understand how it became a "Hispanic State" and what laws were broken to make it so.