Gov. Brown pleads for comprehensive immigration reform
October 24th, 2013
02:32 PM ET
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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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  1. smith

    @data-Key phrase-" while Cali stll has debt" but you forgot massive debt.

    October 24, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    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?
    Because the California law to allow drivers' licenses, which I disagree with, is not an "immigration law." Arizona was trying to set laws that affected another country and the people within it, which is clearly the jurisdiction of the federal government, and not that of Arizona, nor any other state.

    The California law only affects those people within its' borders. That's why not.

    October 24, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Pick them up from Raleigh, nc just like London streets.

    October 24, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    -just saying

    Data Driven
    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.
    its a problem that began with Republicans in the 70s in Orange County, who demanded their property taxes be cut. It did nothing to prevent local officials ( who were predominantly GOP at that time) from taxing everything else in sight to make up for the difference. This began the spiral that California has been on, mostly under GOP governors. As usual, you work from an incorrect assumption with no understanding of the history of what you are talking about. The tax rate is to try an close a budget shortfall that has been decades in teh making, one that was created with the active direction and participation of the GOP until they reduced themselves to political irrelevance through stupid things like Prop 8. Cali GOP, land of tax cuts, no responsibility and racial bigotry!

    October 24, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    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

    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.
    Your obtuse argument is not winning you any points. Even a 5th grader knows that Pres. Obama took office in 2009, and every number since that time is significantly higher than every number before that time.

    You are only demonstrating how the right wing distorts actual facts to fit their world view. It is most unconvincing.

    October 24, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC


    @data-Key phrase-" while Cali stll has debt" but you forgot massive debt.
    You forget that Arnold created the annual budget deficit, which ran the debt up and the state's economy into the ground.

    October 24, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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