Becerra vows to fight any effort by Trump to hold back money from California over ‘sanctuary cities’ dispute – Los Angeles Times
Reacting to President Trump’s threat toÂ holdÂ back funds from California if it becomes a so-called sanctuary state, Atty. Gen Xavier Becerra said Monday that he is willing to do legal battle over the issue if necessary.
âThere is no state that provides more funding to the federal Treasury than the state of California,â Becerra said at a press conference in Fresno. âWe have a right to receive some of that funding back.â
Becerra said California will work with Congress and the federal government to properly serve citizens.
âBut we will also fight, every way we can, to make sure that we get our fair share of money back,â Becerra said. âWe will fight anyone who wants to take away dollars that we have earned and are qualified for simply because we are unwilling to violate the Constitution under these defective executive orders.â
Senate Republican leader Jean Fuller of Bakersfield urged cooperation between the two levels of government, noting the federal government plays a major role in the lives of Californians.
âThe majority party needs to put Californians first and work constructively with our federal partners,â Fuller said in a statement. âIâve offered Governor Brown my help in bridging the gap between Sacramento and Washington for constructive, ongoing dialogue.â
State Sen. Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) is among those who oppose legislation by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de LeÃ³n (D- Los Angeles) that would make California a sanctuary state.
De LeÃ³nâs bill would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from investigating, questioning, detaining or arresting people for immigration enforcement purposes. It also would require state agencies, public schools and contractors to keep confidential any data on people that might be used for immigration enforcement.
âSB 54 dangerously lumps violent, hardcore undocumented criminals in with millions of hard-working immigrant families,â Vidak said in a statement. âFamilies in the undocumented community are particularly scared that De LeÃ³n’s actions will protect predators who prey on their children, the elderly and other vulnerable folks in their neighborhoods.â
Updated at 4:30 pm to include comment from Senate Republican leader Jean Fuller.