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California Gov. Jerry Brown Issues Dozens Of Pardons In Pre-Christmas Tradition
Created: Saturday, 24 December 2016 01:52

Continuing his tradition of giving pre-Christmas reprieves, California Gov. Jerry Brown granted 112 pardons and commuted one sentence today.

The pardons were granted mostly to people convicted of nonviolent, drug-related crimes who have since completed their sentences. Since 2011, Brown has granted 854 pardons and two commutations.

Source:  Sacbee.com

California BIll Creates Deportation ‘Safe Zones’ For Undocumented Immigrants
Created: Wednesday, 07 December 2016 22:10

Ahead of an expected hardline approach on illegal immigration under President-elect Donald Trump, California officials are proposing to further restrict the ability of federal authorities to detain and deport the approximately 2.3 million undocumented immigrants living in the state.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León on Wednesday announced a bill that would prohibit state and local law enforcement, including school police and security departments, from using their resources for immigration enforcement.

Senate Bill 54 would also create “safe zones” at public schools, hospitals and courthouses where immigrant enforcement would be banned, and require state agencies to update their confidentiality policies so that information on individuals’ immigration status is not shared for enforcement purposes.


“To the millions of undocumented residents pursuing and contributing to the California Dream, the State of California will be your wall of justice should the incoming Administration adopt an inhumane and over-reaching mass-deportation policy,” de León said in a statement. “We will not stand by and let the federal government use our state and local agencies to separate mothers from their children.”

Trump has raised the alarm of California’s large Latino population and Democratic political leaders by promising to deport or jail perhaps as many as 3 million undocumented immigrants who are criminals.

They have already vowed to resist his policies, including by introducing measures this week to provide legal assistance for immigrants facing deportation proceedings, though de León’s statement also made clear that SB 54 would not prevent law enforcement from complying with warrants to transfer violent offenders into federal custody.

Deportations previously reached record levels under President Barack Obama – more than 2.5 million by 2015. California officials responded with the “Trust Act,” a 2013 law limiting the state’s cooperation with federal enforcement, including forbidding state and local agencies from holding undocumented immigrants at the request of federal authorities.

Source:  sacbee.com

Kanye West Hospitalized After Canceling National Tour, Reports Say
Created: Tuesday, 22 November 2016 05:15


Two days after cutting short his show in Sacramento, Calif., and on the same day the rest of his national tour was canceled, rapper Kanye West has been hospitalized for observation, according to NBC and TMZ.

West, 39, was taken by paramedics to the hospital on Monday afternoon, according to both reports. TMZ reported West was suffering from “severe sleep deprivation” and had to be restrained as he was transported to UCLA Medical Center. However, the Los Angeles Times reported that authorities said West had agreed to seek medical treatment.

West had been scheduled to play in Fresno, Calif., on Tuesday night as part of his Saint Pablo Tour, but the tour was canceled Monday.

On Saturday night, West performed two songs and then went on a 30-minute rant before stopping his show in Sacramento. West attacked fellow hip-hop stars Jay-Z and Beyoncé during his rant.

West, who is married to reality television star Kim Kardashian, has found a way to stay in the headlines since the release of his 2004 debut album “The College Dropout.”

He has feuded with Taylor Swift and said former President George W. Bush “doesn’t care about black people” during a TV fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina victims.

Just last week, West — who said he is considering a presidential run in 2020 — said he would have voted for Republican nominee Donald Trump if he had voted in the election.

Source:  sacbee.com

California Universities Vow To Defy Trump On Iimmigration
Created: Thursday, 01 December 2016 03:42

California’s public university systems are drawing a line in the sand with President-elect Donald Trump over his policies on illegal immigration, vowing not to cooperate with law enforcement officials who may seek to deport undocumented students on their campuses.

University of California President Janet Napolitano on Wednesday released “principles in support of undocumented members of the UC community” that stated campus police departments would not assist federal or local authorities in investigating, detaining or arresting individuals for violations of immigration law.

The principles also included promises that UC would continue to admit students and treat patients at its hospitals regardless of immigration status, and that it would not participate in any efforts to create a national registry based on characteristics such as religion.


“While we still do not know what policies and practices the incoming federal administration may adopt,” Napolitano said in a statement, “given the many public pronouncements made during the presidential campaign and its aftermath, we felt it necessary to reaffirm that UC will act upon its deeply held conviction that all members of our community have the right to work, study, and live safely and without fear at all UC locations.”

California State University Chancellor Timothy White earlier this month made a similar pronouncement that CSU would not honor immigration hold requests or enter into agreements with law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration law.

“There is no ambiguity here,” he said. “We are deeply committed to fostering a campus community that is safe and welcoming for everyone.”

Napolitano’s announcement follows the release Tuesday of a joint letter with White and Eloy Ortiz Oakley, the incoming chancellor of the California Community Colleges, urging Trump to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That Obama administration policy protects undocumented students who were brought to the country illegally as children from deportation and grants them work permits.

Trump criticized the program on the campaign trail and said he would reverse it. Since his election, Trump has also promised an immigration crackdown that he estimated could sweep up as many as 3 million undocumented criminals, a plan that California officials are already bracing to oppose.

Undocumented students and allies such as Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom have publicly pressured California higher education officials in recent weeks to take protective measures, calling on the universities to declare themselves “sanctuary campuses.” Amid questions over how it could affect federal funding under Trump, none has yet gone that far.

Spokesman Paul Feist said the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office will provide guidance, but it is up to individual colleges in the sprawling and decentralized system to decide whether or not they will cooperate with immigration authorities.

Hours before releasing the new UC principles, Napolitano published an opinion piece in The New York Times defending the legal principle of DACA.

Napolitano, the former Secretary of Homeland Security who signed the directive creating the program, wrote that it “reflects the executive branch doing what it properly does every day – making decisions about how to best use resources within the framework of existing law. There is no reason to abandon these sensible priorities now.”

Source:  sacbee.com

President Elect Donald Trump Says He’ll Immediately Deport Or Jail Up To 3M Immigrants In U.S. Illegally
Created: Monday, 14 November 2016 07:50

President-elect Donald Trump says he will deport or incarcerate 2 or 3 million immigrants in the country illegally who have criminal records.

“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers…we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump told CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday in his first television interview since Tuesday’s election.

Once the border is secure and “everything gets normalized” his administration will determine what to do about other people in the U.S. illegally “who are terrific people,” he said

Trump was subdued in the wide-ranging interview that touched on the presidential race and a host of policy issues. He said he’s “saddened” to hear some of his supporters are inciting violence: “If it helps. I will say this…Stop it,” he said, looking into the camera. He reiterated that some of the protestors are professionals but told others “don't be afraid.” “I don’t think they know me,” he said.

Trump admitted that the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a key campaign promise, could partly be a fence instead.

“For certain areas I would, but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate,” he told CBS, acknowledging “there could be some fencing.”

“I’m very good at this, it’s called construction,” he said.

This echoes House Republicans’ proposal to use fencing as a more realistic and less costly alternative to the “big, beautiful, powerful wall” Trump promised during the campaign.

Source:  sacbee.com


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