CA Democrats Push Bill Allowing Illegal Immigrants Political Leadership Roles
California lawmakers proposal allows illegal aliens to serve in party leadership positions
California Democrats are pushing a new bill that would allow illegal immigrants to serve in leadership roles in the Democratic Party, and other political parties, in local and statewide positions.
The new bill, SB 288, allows noncitizens to be part of shaping the party’s platform, including serving as county committee leaders and state convention delegates.
San Francisco Democrat Sen. Scott Wiener told reporters Friday that he wants the bill to send a "very loud message" to America.
“We need to continue to send a very, very loud message that we are … going to embrace and uplift and support all American immigrant neighbors,” he said.
Senator Wiener adds that the bill would “allow Dreamers and other immigrants to appear on the ballot in order to run and serve on California Democratic Party Central Committees and as State Delegates to the Party.”
Wiener accuses the current White House of causing a great amount of "fear and anxiety" among many immigrants.
In a press release Friday, Wiener blasted President Trump's administration, citing that current law “excludes Dreamers and other immigrants from taking on leadership roles in the Democratic and other political parties.”
"As our immigrant communities face vicious attacks from this President and his administration, California must embrace, lift up, and empower immigrant voices and leaders.
"Immigrants contribute to our economy, culture, and civic life.
"They’re already leaders in our communities and should have a seat at the table.
"The Democratic Party will continue to lead as the party that embraces all communities, and this legislative fix will help keep us on track."
According to Fox News, local Democratic officials, in discussing the bill, suggested it could apply to some undocumented immigrants including so-called Dreamers -- young immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children who were given a temporary deportation reprieve under the Obama administration.
SB288 has been widely panned by Republicans in the state, who argue that the measure is less about helping immigrants and more about Democrats "pandering" to the party’s progressive base.
“It’s abject pandering and arrogance,” Shawn Steel, the Republican National Committeeman for California, told Fox News.
“This is what happens when you have too much power…it’s just progressives trying to out-progressive each other.”
In an already liberal-leaning state, Democrats won supermajority control of both houses of the state legislature last November and retained control of the governor’s mansion when then-Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom easily defeated his Republican opponent, John Cox.
Given the party’s control in Sacramento and that the bill only pertains to the Democrat’s delegates and committees, SB288 appears poised to pass easily through the legislature and make its way to Newsom’s desk.
“Democrats can do whatever they want in California right now,” Steel said.
“They think nobody is going to oppose them.”