California’s Senate (Including Our Senator McGuire) Pass Resolution Condemning President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

California Seal of the senatePress release from Senator Mike McGuire:

Senator Mike McGuire released the following statement in response to the dangerous and ill-conceived executive orders on immigration and border security signed by President Trump and condemned today by the Senate of the State of California.

“California is a state of immigrants. Diversity is a part of who we are. It’s what makes our communities strong, economy prosper and it’s what distinguishes us from everyone else. Today, we have drawn a line in the sand with the ill-conceived executive orders brought forward by President Trump,” said Senator Mike McGuire.

“The tragically ironic fact about President Trump’s dangerous actions is that there has not been one deadly terrorist attack by a refugee from any of the countries listed in the executive order on US soil since the passing of the 1980 Refugee Act. This weekend’s actions were shameful and we stand ready for the court fight.”

Below is the full text of today’s Senate Resolution:

Introduced by Senators De León, Allen, Atkins, Beall, Bradford,

Dodd, Galgiani, Glazer, Hernandez, Hertzberg, Hill, Hueso,

Jackson, Lara, Leyva, McGuire, Mendoza, Mitchell, Monning,

Newman, Pan, Portantino, Roth, Skinner, Stern, Wieckowski,

and Wiener

January 30, 2017

Senate Resolution No. 16—Relative to immigration.

 

WHEREAS, The United States was founded as a refuge for those escaping religious and political persecution; and

WHEREAS, Wave after wave of immigrants seeking a better life have enriched our nation’s culture, increased our productivity and innovation, and bolstered our economy; and

WHEREAS, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order on January 27, 2017, that desecrates our American values and panders to fears and nativist instincts that have resulted in some of our nation’s most shameful acts; and

WHEREAS, The executive order bans individuals from the predominately Muslim countries of Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Somalia from entering the United States for 90 days, prevents all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days, and indefinitely suspends the entry of refugees from Syria; and

WHEREAS, The executive order titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” ignores the fact that those being denied entry are themselves victims of terrorism and are fleeing the savagery, death, and destruction of the Syrian civil war; and

WHEREAS, The executive order is an affront to religious freedom — a principle so cherished by our nation’s founding fathers that it was included in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution; and

WHEREAS, The executive order was executed in a haphazard manner without having been fully vetted by the very departments charged with protecting our national security, such as the federal Department of Homeland Security, the United States Department of Justice, the United States Department of State, and the United States Department of Defense; and

WHEREAS, As an immediate result of the executive order, individuals in possession of current visas have already been detained or turned around at airports across the country, resulting in chaos, confusion, deep anxiety, and hardship; and

WHEREAS, Under this executive order, an estimated 134 million people are now temporarily barred from entering or reentering the United States, in addition to hundreds of thousands of current United States visa holders, including dual nationals who were born in one of the impacted countries but who also have citizenship in another unlisted country; and

WHEREAS, The executive order is against our national interests as it exacerbates the United States’ anti-Muslim reputation, providing a recruitment tool for terrorist organizations while alienating the more than 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States; and

WHEREAS, While President Trump has falsely stated there is no refugee-vetting system in place, refugees are subjected to the most stringent vetting system of any traveler seeking entry into to the United States — a system that can take up to two years or longer to complete; and

WHEREAS, While the executive order references the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as why his executive order is necessary, the 19 terrorists who carried out the attacks were from countries not listed in the ban — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates; and

WHEREAS, Over fifty years ago, the federal Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 banned all discrimination against immigrants on the basis of national origin, in order to eliminate prejudice and bias from the immigration process and provide all countries with equal access to the quotas; and

WHEREAS, The federal Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 explicitly limits presidential authority by stating that no person could be “discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person’s race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence,” and the only exceptions are those expressly granted by the United States Congress; and

WHEREAS, The executive order seeks to resurrect discriminatory immigration policies based on national origin and, therefore, is in direct violation of this long-standing federal law; and

WHEREAS, The history of the United States includes shameful actions beginning in the late nineteenth century, including exclusionary laws targeted at the Chinese, Japanese, and all Asians in the so-called Asiatic Barred Zone, and the “national-origins system,” which aimed to exclude most Eastern Europeans, Asians, and Africans from entry into the United States; and

WHEREAS, There is no darker stain on the moral character of our nation’s refugee history than the refusal to accept hundreds of German Jews who, in 1939, sought to escape the Third Reich; and

WHEREAS, 937 mostly German Jews boarded the transatlantic liner St. Louis at Hamburg, Germany, but the ship was refused permission to dock in Cuba and then in the United States; and

WHEREAS, The St. Louis returned to Europe where 254 of its passengers were murdered during the Holocaust; and

WHEREAS, President Trump’s signing of his executive order on Holocaust Remembrance Day is an insult to the six million Jews who were exterminated by the Nazis and displays an immoral callousness toward the welfare of the children, women, and men fleeing a brutal civil war; and

WHEREAS, The day after the executive order was issued, a class action lawsuit was filed and a federal district court in New York issued an emergency stay, which will stop federal officials from deporting individuals with approved refugee applications, holders of valid visas, and people from the seven impacted countries who have secured authorization to enter the United States; and

WHEREAS, This court decision by Judge Ann M. Donnelly states, “There is imminent danger that, absent the stay of removal, there will be substantial and irreparable injury to refugees, visa holders, and other individuals from nations subject to the January 27, 2017, executive order”; and

WHEREAS, Federal courts throughout the nation have also issued emergency stays, which will stop federal officials from deporting individuals with approved refugee applications, holders of valid visas, and people from the seven impacted countries who have secured authorization to enter the United States; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate condemns this executive order as a discriminatory overreach that illegally targets immigrants based on their national origin and religion, and urges the President of the United States to immediately rescind the executive order; and be it further

Resolved, That the Senate urges the federal Department of Homeland Security to comply with the federal court orders as quickly as feasible and immediately permit detained individuals to have timely access to legal counsel; and be it further

Resolved, That the Senate commends the hundreds of attorneys across the nation who volunteer their time and services to ensure the due process rights and equal protection of these refugees and legal permanent residents, and the thousands who have peacefully protested to uphold our American values; and be it further

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.

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48 comments

  • Not our problem.

  • These are empty words from an illegitimate and unconstitutional state government. Waste no more breath on your meaningless words and decrees!

    You have violated every mandate of your office, and now you seek to lecture the President on how to go about his duties. I have this to say to you, all of those who currently control the California government: “Step down and relinquish authority immediately!”

    The government of California is in a state of rebellion, and is treading the path of treason and sedition with such words as those above, and many other acts taken recently, including the allowance of a state secession measure on the state ballot, providing adequate signatures are gathered.

    Any attempt of secession by the state of California is treason and sedition against the United States. So is blatant and repeated violation of the U.S. Constitution, which I have so often seen cast to the wayside in this state.

    What about mandatory vaccinations?
    What about sweeping prohibitions and gross violations of the second amendment in the form of ammunition licensing, high-capacity magazine bans, “feature-based” parts bans, etc?
    What about providing driver licenses and student financial aid to illegal immigrants? This is also an act of treason–aiding and abetting those who clearly violate federal law.
    What about “Sanctuary Cities” and the clear violation of federal law this represents?
    What about hiring “fast and furious” Eric Holder, (former US attorney general) who is a known criminal, and has been held in contempt of Congress to help the state “resist” the policies of the Presidency?
    What about the language of the secession measure mandating that California immediately apply to be a part of the United Nations, a totally corrupt and hostile body to the people of the United States? This would be an effort to deliver California directly to the hands of the Globalists as a vassal state.

    I could go on from here, but I believe this is quite adequate. The Federal Government of the United States has the legal authority to halt immigration from foreign nations. The California government, on the other hand, has absolutely no authority, legal or otherwise, to engage in the policies of its current government.

    The words of these politicians are the words of cowards, of traitors, of the Enemy. No law or regulation issued by such has any legitimacy whatsoever. Now is the time for these false “leaders” to step aside, and allow freedom to return to our lands, and allow we the people to enjoy the protection of our national borders.

    If they persist in their efforts, they will reap what they have sown. Should this matter require direct federal intervention to resolve, I fully support the office of the President, the armed forces, and the Federal government against these traitors, and endorse their arrest and trial as enemies of the United States.

  • Directly from the 7-Nation ban order –

    “In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.”

    Why would the liberal left not support our constitution and keep Americans protected against the hate and barbaric actions of Radical Islam?

    • It’s not the language of the order that is the problem. It’s the way it’s being applied. Not only is our biggest terror problem angry white American born men, whom the order does not address, but the order leaves out the countries that actual terrorists have come from, and includes people who have already been thoroughly vetted, such as those with green cards, military interpreters, etc.

      • The reason so many green card holders are being caught up in this mess is because they obtain their green cards before proper vetting processes were put in place, they have yet to be put in place, which is the reason for the temporary stay, to give the government the time to Institute a new protocol to allow for proper vetting which has not been the case thus far.

        • Exactly. Plus they are busy screening and processing those ones through every day. They were slowed, not completely stopped.

    • “In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred…”

      No, we only let them buy the presidency instead.

  • Because they’re all mentally ill. That’s the only answer that makes any sense. They’re all batshit crazy. I’ve tried and tried to see there point of view. And finally came to the conclusion is there all frigin nuts.

  • WHEREAS….two guys need to find something more important to do on my dollar tomorrow that doesn’t include wasting time or adding taxes.

  • Our California Govenors are double dipping by placing themselves and their families as the biggest players in the Marijuana game. Need i say more.

  • Great resolution! I hope that it is somehow backed up with action. I have many issues with the government of the State of California, but on this issue these State Senators got it right!

  • What is pathetically mindless about these Bans on the Trump Bans on Muslim Immigrants BS, is that we/they should be boldly making Bans on the causes of billions of immigrants… The endless immoral illegal unconstitutional bloody wars of empire for fake democracies, regime changes, genocides, puppet governments for globalist corporations, bankers wars at war on humanity, the rights of nature, our planet earth and all living things! Robbing and looting our treasuries and stealing trillions from our Social Security trust accounts to give to obscene military projects that come up with ” missing trillions” from military?! And the mentally ill WA, DC gov is gutting Social Security (INSECURITY) and every other safety net social services health and safety program/regulation. USA fed gov is using money to kill USA citizens and people all over the world. O

    Don’t worry about the corrupt rigged fraudulent crimes scenes of USA national elections and recounts and electoral college and delegates, etc. It’s a LUDE crude rude lude rat’s nest of democracy in decay… Stolen by GOP & DEM 2 headed snake establishment monopoly monster madness mergers…

    Quit playing political PONZI ping pong polarity games and get outside the box…
    Peace is the foundation of a real peoples revolution rising. No one in WA, DC can challenge the military and take a stand for peace, people and planet. None of the pseudo progressives are up to standing up for peace and demanding BIG cuts to obscene military/intel/ pentagon/HLS/surveillance budgets that = 63% of USA budget paid for by taxpayers. Trump didn’t cause all the billions of immigrants. Bushes, Clintons, Obamas, oh yes… All war hawks killers, looters, robbers.

  • P.S. Check it out OBAMA says he fixed USA national elections so they cannot be rigged and corrupted… He put elections in hands of HLS secret surveillance system… Who will secretly manage the elections to assure honest fake democracy continues unabated globalists united! Done deal.

  • The list of 7 nation in Trump’s executive order was ,compiled by President Obama’s dept. Of Homeland Security, in a series of judgments that actually goes back to Obama’s first term, Obama made the list, not Donald Trump. And there was very little resistance from congressional Democrats and Liberals at any step of the process of arriving at the final list. Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia. Nor should there have been any resistance because that list is eminently sensible. Several of theses countries are disasters because of Obama’s foreign policies. And they are countries that harbor and breed extremists. I guess my question is, Why is Trump getting resistance when Obama clearly did not????
    What the hell is going on here?

    • Exactly. I can still hear the echoes of the dropped pin when Obama was starving out Yeman while dropping supplies to ISIS.

  • I’m sorry to say, it’s about time.i don’t care if you come to the United States, just be vetted,and not a criminal,or here to sucks us dry. We have enough of that already.Trump doesn’t want to send you back,but if your here illegally,get it right that’s all.No more criminals aloud.Lets make a change for the better!!!long live us

  • Good for you Ca politicians, ruffle those unconstitutional feathers! What was that you all said in the comments above? Im not sure, I couldnt get past the 1st paragraphs of paranoid hateful rhetoric cool-aid.

    This is your brain 🐣, now this is your brain on breitbart. 😱🐏😱🐏😱 cool-aid. Say no to lies.

    • Lmao. U shouldn’t try being a comedian, good ones use original material, not regurgitated bird seed they fed on. LMAO!

      • LMAO, That’s it? Another super original one, NOT, more regurgitation! By the way, pink’s never really been my color, but thanks for the compliment anyways, NEXT!

    • I don’t think it’s unconstitutional if you aren’t a citizen. Pretty sure it only applies to the USA and the citizens of the USA.

    • Dumb ass party of STUPID Republicans have genetics to thank for their peabrains.

  • The destabilization of the Middle East did not happen by accident, this has been an orchestrated plan that has been implemented over the last 16 years.

    http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/pentagon-war-plans-7-countries-5-years/

    You see the countries of the Middle East are some of the wealthiest in the world, combined with a radical ideology if they were to pool their resources and Unite a situation much like the one that provoked the original Crusades could happen again. Muslims were attempted to take over the world as prescribed by their Prophet Muhammad, they had invaded and secured over 60% of the known land mass at the time before Christians went to war known as the Crusades.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/shariaunveiled.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/the-real-history-of-the-crusades/amp/?client=ms-android-uscellular-us

    This is how and why the vatican has huge walls surrounding it.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/vatican-walls-built-by-pope-designed-to-repel-muslims/amp/?client=ms-android-uscellular-us

    The Quran pacifically States multiple times that non-believers should be killed and Islam should be the only religion in the world.

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/violence.aspx

    Therefore the United States along with the United Nations devised a plan to destabilize the Middle East and keep it from pooling its major resources and becoming a threat to the Western world. It had the added benefit of allowing the military industrial complex to spend vast trillions of dollars and make huge profits for private contractors. We as a nation have invested more tax dollars in rebuilding and adding new infrastructure to Middle East countries, that we continuously bomb, then we have spent on own country over the last 15 years.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/38903955/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/t/us-wasted-billions-rebuilding-iraq/

  • GEEZ guys give it a rest. Haven’t you learn anything. There is no Republicans and there is no Democrat’s. There is only the haves and have not’s. You’re just kicking the can around and around and not accomplishing anything.

  • This is all I expect from divisive,mean spirited,hate oriented Democrats who LOST the election. Why do these people support immigrants from dangerous countries full of terrorists over American citizens domestic safety? The new Democrat agenda seems to be anti American issues using any and all means.

    Don’t all these paid well trained “protestors” steering & twisting everything into pure propaganda disturb anyone? The new DemoNazi party has replaced the Democrat party. Turning the US into a 3rd world country of disruption & lies where the rule of law is dismissed is a stupid idea.

    The sheep may not like it when they see where they are being led.

  • It’s just what they do. Gotta vote them out of power. Plain and simple. Cut and dried. Obama’s out.Hillarys out. Time for Governor Brown and his cronies to get out.

  • Son, son, son

  • Josh Tolley reminds us that while the citizens were worried about all the refugees from all war torn country’s, especially the crucified Christians, Obama kept repeating something about Muslims being more important. He is the one who turned it into a religious thing.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=AAf6DvYRR-E

  • We see the dogs, but where is the Pony?
    The crap the house of Representatives has been doing is dispicable. This “whereas” letter is nothing but a distraction from their own wrongdoings. Example:. Chaffers bill going silently forward to sell the national land that the Reps have been acquiring.
    KrisAnne explains the Trump EO, then finishes with her usual spit & vomit for the Reps & Congress. Enjoy! https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ywO6PISe2So

  • It is the job of the President to preserve, protect & defend the Constitution.
    KrisAnne explains this, plus what the capital L in Law means in the Constitution.
    http://krisannehall.com/presidential-power-immigration/

  • Agree!! Time for a change with Huffman and McGuire. Get in the modern times, or get on the sidelines. Go back to your liberal jobs whatever they were before you tried to represent this State. A new President at Humboldt State would be nice too!!!

  • Wow, KrisAnne is on a roll. Here she reads the Constitution article out loud, about it being the duty of the President to carry out the constitutional Laws created. Obama never carried out the law that he & his demmies passed.
    President Trump is being Presidential. Imagine that.
    http://krisannehall.com/executive-authority-immigration/

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