Top California Dem: 'Half of My Family' Could be Deported by Trump Order
For California Sen. Kevin de León (D), the battle against President Trump’s immigration order isn’t business – it is personal.
De León, the current Senate president pro tempore, told the state Senate Public Safety Committee that half of his family could be rounded up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and deported because they are living in the U.S. illegally, and criminally.
“I can tell you, half of my family would be eligible for deportation under the executive order, because they got a false Social Security card, they got a false identification, they got a false driver’s license prior to us passing AB 60, they got a false green card,” De León said.
He rationalized family members carrying false ID by explaining “that’s what you need to survive, to work.”
As PJM reported, de León has sponsored legislation that would establish California as a “sanctuary state,” or as he put it, a “Wall of Justice.”
The Public Safety Committee approved de León’s “California Values Act” on Feb. 1. It is designed to prevent the use of state and local resources to aid federal immigration enforcement efforts.
De León has been an outspoken opponent of the Trump administration’s immigration policy and spoke out against the past week’s ICE raids that reportedly resulted in the arrests of 161 people in California.
De León quickly cranked up the volume on his dispute with the White House when word of the ICE raids spread through California last week. He accused ICE of mass roundups of illegal immigrants with little thought given to the severity of crimes they might have committed.
“There are reports that ICE today executed raids across Southern California. I have asked federal officials to disclose how many children, men, and women they have detained,” de León said last week.
“It is now clear the Trump administration is not concerned with public safety, they are only focused on ripping hard-working men, women, and children from their families and communities. Mass deportations will not make us safer, instead they will simply undermine our state’s economy,” he added.
PJM reported Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in a statement that 680 people were arrested in all of the raids that took place in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio and New York City.
“Of those arrested,” Kelley said, “approximately 75 percent were criminal aliens.” Kelly also said the raids were routine occurrences.
De León backed off the assertion that ICE agents were tearing families apart with “mass deportations.” But he did not step away from his opposition to the Trump administration’s immigration policy.
“Let me be clear, we want to work together to get violent felons out of our neighborhoods,” de León said. “However, we remain deeply concerned with the new administration’s recent decision to prioritize nearly every undocumented resident in California for deportation, and their apparent inability to accurately inform the public of their operations in a timely manner.”