California hires former US Attorney General Holder to fight against Trump challenges – CNBC
Holder was formally retained by the California legislature and is likely to work closely with Rep. Xavier Becerra, who is set to become the next state attorney general after confirmation. The state is led by a Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and both houses in the state legislature are controlled by Democrats.
On the immigration front, California is likely to oppose any deportation efforts by Congress and Trump. Obama’s 2012 immigration directive, formally known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, was designed to protect so-called Dreamers. Trump opposed the DACA, which allows Dreamers — those undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — to legally work in the U.S. and avoid deportation.
An estimated 750,000 individuals qualify nationwide for Obama’s DACA program. California has nearly 200,000 eligible participants in the program, giving the state the largest share.
In addition, political scientist Jeffe said that California Democratic leaders have fought for judicial and prison reforms as well as pay equity and women’s rights — issues she said are “the antithesis of the team and the issues agenda that Donald Trump is developing.”
“With the upcoming change in administrations, we expect that there will be extraordinary challenges for California in the uncertain times ahead,” said California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon in a joint statement.
Added the Democratic state lawmakers, “We have an obligation to defend the people who elected us and the policies and diversity that make California an example of what truly makes a nation great.” They said Holder and his Covington law firm team will be on the ground “advising us in our efforts to resist any attempts to roll back the progress California has made.”
Climate change also is a hot-button issue for California lawmakers.
Brown last month lashed out at Trump’s views on climate change issues and said the dangers of doing nothing about it are real and proven by scientists. Trump has previously stated “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make the U.S. manufacturing noncompetitive.”
“Climate is changing and the temperatures are rising,” Brown said in a speech Dec. 14 before the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. The governor said there’s proof in the data from satellites that shows what’s happening despite climate change deniers.
“If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite,” the governor said. “We’re going to collect that data.”
Brown also vowed he will defend any Washington efforts to alter climate change work done at national laboratories in California. “We’ve got a lot of firepower. We got the scientists and the lawyers and we’re ready to defend.”