Gov. Brown pleads for comprehensive immigration reform
October 24th, 2013
02:32 PM ET
11 months ago

Gov. Brown pleads for comprehensive immigration reform

(CNN) - Shortly after President Barack Obama renewed his call for immigration reform, California Governor Jerry Brown implored lawmakers in Washington Thursday to “rise to the occasion” to pass a comprehensive bill.

During impassioned remarks at a forum sponsored by the left-leaning Center for American Progress, Brown recounted how the story of a young man’s frightful childhood journey across the border convinced him of the need for immediate action.

“When I heard that story, I really got the power of these people, the courage of coming across the border. All that power: 11 million people all throughout our country waiting to come out of the shadows and do their part for America,” Brown said.

“How can these people in Washington not rise to the occasion and meet that courage with a little bit of courage down the street to vote for comprehensive immigration reform?”

Obama has made passing comprehensive reform a priority for his second term, but his efforts have been repeatedly stymied by congressional Republicans, who prefer a piecemeal approach and have sharp disagreements over the a proposed path to citizenship those who entered the country illegally.

In his remarks Thursday, Obama lauded a comprehensive reform bill that passed the Democratic-controlled Senate last June, but was blocked by House Republicans.

Brown, who signed a series of state immigration reform bills earlier this month, said the stalemate in Washington prompted him to move forward with state based reform.

“When I was asked during the campaign would you sign a bill to give illegals a driver’s license, I said no. I said we need comprehensive immigration reform,” Brown said.

“Well, because since nobody’s given us comprehensive reform, I decided no, we’re going to have to have the licenses – we’ll start our own reform in California.”


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    As California goes so does the nation. Brown did what he had to do to pull his state out of the toilet Arnold left it in.
    Let's see rethug bad, Dem good for state.

    October 24, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Capt Obvious

    All because California is overran with illegal immigrants and spending billions of tax dollars supporting the legions of illegal immigrants, doesn't mean the rest of the country should follow their example

    How is Stockton doing Governor Brown?

    October 24, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    "We'll start our own reform in California.”

    Cali leading the way. Again.

    God I love my forward-thinking, problem-solving, infuriating, beautiful state.

    October 24, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. just saying

    During impassioned remarks at a forum sponsored by the left-leaning Center for American Progress, Brown recounted how the story of a young man’s frightful childhood journey across the border convinced him of the need for immediate action.
    “When I heard that story, I really got the power of these people, the courage of coming across the border. All that power: 11 million people all throughout our country waiting to come out of the shadows and do their part for America,” Brown said.
    -–

    an elected democrat government offical charged with enforcing the laws of this nation, openly revering those that deliberately break the laws of this nation. this is why the democrat party is the party of criminals.

    October 24, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Harold Richards

    How's That Stockton Bankruptcy going?

    October 24, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right vs. Wrong"

    Just another lib smokesceen.

    October 24, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Don't Worry, Be Happy

    Because once all the illegals become citizens, California stands to rake in billions and billions in federal dollars to help pay for them. Not to mention that the Democrats will be signing them up to vote for them at the same time as they are handing them their government money. Literally selling our country down the drain with corruption. Thanks Democrats.

    October 24, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yes indeed they should heed the good Governor's call to get off their obstructionist duffs and pass immigration reform.
    But here's the way that as a Latino I see it:
    The GOP knows that if they DO pass immigration reform it will be seen as the President's achievement NOT theirs by virtue of the fact that he's the one that's pushing it andit would come to pass under his presidency.
    If you know the GOP, you know that that cannot be allowed to happen.
    The flip side of that is that if they DON'T pass immigration reform they will be held to blame and we, Latinos, will let them know it at the polls.

    If the GOP could frame this in terms of a win-win for them and ONLY them they might move this on this issue. But so long as this might refelect well on the President they are willing to take their chances at the polls in the hopes that we forget...which as Latinos we won't.

    October 24, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Data Driven

    @Harold Richards,

    "How's That Stockton Bankruptcy going?"

    You mean the city that's not actually bankrupt, but is just trying - and apparently succeeding - to weasel its way out of its pension obligations? That Stockton?

    Any thoughts on Cali's immigration reform efforts? - or have you been saving up that Stockton for weeks and just had to get it in?

    October 24, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. smith

    @Data&Marie- Are you two flippin` serious? Cali has more debt than any other state in the country. Pulled from the toilet? Its still in the toilet. Most of the issues Cali has is because illegal immigration. Gov. Brown is plain dumb. Anyone who thinks crossing the border illegally is an act of courage is dumb.

    October 24, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Obama has made passing comprehensive reform a priority for his second term, but his efforts have been repeatedly stymied by congressional Republicans, who prefer a piecemeal approach ... ... ...
    --------------------------
    As loud as the Republicans complailn about illegal immigrants doing this, that, and some other thing, one would think that they would want to move a little faster than they are. "Let's take it slow. Let's spend a decade building a fence on the southern border that costs billions to construct and billions to operate. It'll pay for itself because it creates jobs."

    October 24, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. truth hurts but reality bites

    I have the perfect solution to the illegal alien problem in the USA. They can all stay here if they all agree to move to California and be paid for by the people of California through a new tax called the Amnesty tax. I'm sure California will flourish if they do this. What say you Gov. Brown? Go for it!

    October 24, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Other then tooooo many people , california is GREAT STATE ! Then the whole planet has to many people.

    Jerry , Jerry , Jerry !

    He is a great Governor and so was his father . His Father was the first governor in the state of California to support conservation and the environment !

    October 24, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. rs

    an elected democrat government offical charged with enforcing the laws of this nation, openly revering those that deliberately break the laws of this nation. this is why the democrat party is the party of criminals.
    _______________________
    yeah, right. Meanwhile the GOP attempts to crash the government and blows $24 billion? Wierd priorities, man. If you think Democrats are criminals, you must be ready to hang the GOP for treason.

    October 24, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Data Driven

    @smith,

    While Cali still has debt, the deficit has been eliminated. We're now running surpluses. Housing starts and prices? Up. Employment? Up.

    Another completely fact-free post from a conservative.

    October 24, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. rs

    Republicans won't do anything about Immigration. First, actually fixing something is too much like real work, and besides, they just love to whine.

    October 24, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. just asking

    “Well, because since nobody’s given us comprehensive reform, I decided no, we’re going to have to have the licenses – we’ll start our own reform in California.”
    --

    but i thought that this was the role of the federal government and holder sued states about usurping those rights? will holder now be suing california for interfering with immigration laws?

    October 24, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Don't Worry, Be Happy

    Thomas
    His Father was the first governor in the state of California to support conservation and the environment !
    --

    Yes, I have descended through the thick brown layer of air that covers LA to land in the state of California. Good job with that environment Gov. Brown.

    October 24, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. just saying

    Sniffit
    deporting 10 people in 2010 and then 20 people in 2011 qualifies as 'record deportations'."
    Deportations (actual removals per fiscal year):
    2000 – 188,000
    2001 – 189,000
    2002 – 165,000
    2003 – 211,000
    2004 – 241,000
    2005 – 246,000
    2006 – 281,000
    2007 – 319,000
    2008 – 360,000
    2009 – 393,000
    2010 – 385,000
    2011 – 392,000

    Congress funds for 400,000. Obama has been setting the records by a longshot. Not only that, but he's done it despite prioritizing dangerous felons over others (so you can stop whining about that, because it's working). Moreover, he's done it even though it's been a major point of contention for his with the Hispanic community, which shows he's not pandering or playing politics with it. Grow up.
    --

    record deportation? deportations have obviously been increasing every single year. obama had nothing to do with that.

    deportations increased 9.1% in 2009 but hte year before under bush that had increased 11.3%. so the rate of deportation growth actually slowed under obama.

    in 2010 (an election year) deportations actually declined. no surprise as obama was catering to his illegal base in an election year.

    in 2011 the rate was back down to 2009 levels which were a slowing.

    your numbers actually prove obama has not been deporting people as much as in previous years. in absolutely numbers yes, but in continuing the rate of deportation growth, obama has clearly slowed it down or reversed it as he did in 2010 for political reasons.

    thanks for proving just how deceitful the left has been on this issue. greatly appreciated.

    October 24, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    truth hurts but reality bites

    I have the perfect solution to the illegal alien problem in the USA. They can all stay here if they all agree to move to California and be paid for by the people of California through a new tax called the Amnesty tax. I'm sure California will flourish if they do this. What say you Gov. Brown? Go for it!
    -------------------------
    I bet that got a good laugh on the AM radio. But seriously, though, I know that it was uttered to be a cynical gotcha. Let's see what would happen to businesses and the rest of America if "they all agree to move to California." Hmm?

    McDonalds' everywhere would have to close, and fast food in general would become scarce. People's lawns and home gardens would go to pasture. Painters would become hard to come by. Hotels would be laden with dirty bed linens. Ditto for hospitals. Construction of all types would grind to a halt because there wouldn't be anymore day laborers to patrol the construction sites with a broom and garbage can. The price of beer would go up as hundreds of inexpensive bodegas would close up. The cost of housing would drop as demand for living quarters dropped, but it also means your home's value would take a serious negative hit.

    Just as I thought. Another cynical suggestion that the right wing thought was spot on the mark turns out to be way off the mark.

    October 24, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Data Driven

    "We'll start our own reform in California.”

    Cali leading the way. Again.

    God I love my forward-thinking, problem-solving, infuriating, beautiful state.
    -------
    Well, Mr. Data, why is it acceptable for California to make laws with respect to immigration when it's unacceptable for Arizona to do so?

    October 24, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Wake up People!

    I did read last week that salsa and tortillas are passing ketchup and hot dogs when it comes to consumers.......

    It won't be long guys until Latinos will not be a minority. I think they are 20% of the American population. This makes me so giddy because I love my Mexican food and Margaritas!!

    Bwahahahaha!!

    October 24, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. A True Conservative

    OK – how about this reform – if you are here illegaly you will receive NO government help or assistance of any kind. You are not eligible to be employed in the US and anyone employing you will be fined or worse. If you are here illegaly you, your children and your grand children will not EVER be elligible to become citizens. I can support that reform!

    October 24, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. A True Conservative

    Hey Data – don' let facts get in your way....the man brings up a great question. So many Californians are here telling us how wonder the state and Brown are, yet you are drowning in debt and going under for the third time in part due to ilegal immigrants. He points out an example of the result of your problem and you poo poo it away. Very foolish – there is more of that coming your way.....and to many other Democrat controlled cities as well......

    October 24, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. just saying

    Data Driven
    @smith,
    While Cali still has debt, the deficit has been eliminated. We're now running surpluses. Housing starts and prices? Up. Employment? Up.
    ---
    Another completely fact-free post from a conservative.
    --

    yes, increasing taxes through the roof, even while already having the highest tax rate sin the country got rid of the deficit. and don't forget to mention about all of the people and businesses leaving california as a result of it. short term fix, long term disaster. it is what the democrats do best.

    October 24, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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