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Local Assemblyman Tim Donnelly Stumps for Arizona-Like Immigration Bill at Rally in Sacramento

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is asking lawmakers to pass a strict immigration reform bill that would enact tougher enforcement on illegal immigration.

[EDITOR'S NOTE] The State Assembly's Judiciary Committee voted down Tim Donnelly's AB26 in a 10-3 vote Tuesday. Another immigration reform bill, AB1028, requiring employers to verify legal status of prospective employees, was also rejected.

A week after a committee rejected Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s bill to prevent illegal immigrant college students from receiving tuition breaks, Donnelly was in Sacramento Monday rallying lawmakers to pass a strict immigration reform bill modeled after Arizona’s SB 1070.

Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), who represents Monrovia in the 59th District, is pushing to make illegal presence a misdemeanor, eliminate sanctuary cities and impose stiffer sentences for those caught trafficking illegal immigrants across U.S. borders. The proposed bill will also apply more pressure on employers to use a federal online system to run background checks on workers.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee will hear the controversial Secure Immigration Enforcement Act Tuesday at 2 p.m.

“We want to raise the public’s awareness on this issue, because it is an illegal issue and quite frankly, we need to start treating it as such,” said Gregg Imus, Donnelly’s chief of staff.  Imus said millions of undocumented immigrants are coming through U.S. borders unchecked, which the Pew Hispanic Center numbers at 11 million.

Imus said the bill differs from the Arizona bill on two aspects: anyone caught trafficking minors for sexual slavery would face life imprisonment and ten years would be added to a prison sentence to anyone found guilty of trafficking a woman into state borders and raping her.

The bill comes on the heels of Donnelly’s defeated AB63 that would have prevented CSU and community college students from receiving in-state tuition breaks.

The Assembly Higher Education Committee killed the bill in a 4-2 vote March 29.

According to current state legislation, undocumented students who have attended at least three years in a California high school are able to pay in-state resident tuition fees, which at is $26 per unit. Tuition for out-of-state residents is $220 per unit.

There are 240 undocumented students currently receiving in-state tuition breaks, according to the college's enrollment office.

“This would have absolutely had an impact on these students,” said Dr. Jeanne Hamilton, vice president of student services. “Many of them are lower income students, and I have no doubt they would have not been able to attend school [if this legislation took place].”

The bill would have also allowed in-state tuition rates to transferred military members, regardless if they had not completed three years at a California high school.

“We believed that tuition breaks should be offered to our military personnel, especially since that opportunity is currently offered to illegal immigrants,” said Imus. “That is not right.”

The committee passed another similar bill drafted by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Woodland Hills, which would allow tuition discounts for military families.

LASPULGASGUNNER April 05, 2011 at 11:22 PM
I noticed that the article didn't mention the 11 BILLION DOLLARS illegal aliens in California cost the California State Government for providing social services to illegal aliens in California every year. That's just the state government. Los Angeles County tax payers are forking out $ 600 million dollars in welfare cost every year. http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2011/jan/county-s-illegal-alien-welfare-tab-exceeds-600-mil But it was expected that AB-26 wouldn't survive getting out of the Judiciary Committee. Last November the people of California voted for the status quo in Sacramento. So those who caused the mess and problems California faces today are still in Sacramento continuing to screwing up the state . At least the citizens of the 59th Assembly District sent someone to represent them and who's willing to stand up for America and take on these Democrats who believe it's their responsibility of not doing what's best for California and America but what's best for illegal aliens at the cost of the American tax payers. Just released today -> Welfare Use by Immigrant Households with Children: A Look at Cash, Medicaid, Housing, and Food Programs http://www.cis.org/immigrant-welfare-use-2011
Danielle Corona April 05, 2011 at 11:27 PM
We are facing an $800,000,000 cut to our colleges and universities in California, and the state may have to turn away 400,000 students in the fall for a lack of funding, yet we still want to give the children of illegal immigrants the benefits of California Citizenship? The California legislature is disgraceful. I would like to know exactly which parts of the bill were unacceptable to the California lawmakers that voted against it.
Steve O. April 06, 2011 at 08:02 AM
You have to remember, many of these kids came to the US as children and are basically full Americans. These aren't people looking to cheat anyone. Truth is, they're only trying to better themselves so they can make a living and become decent contributors to society. Turning them away is mean spirited and probably economically short-sighted. If these kids were allowed a chance at becoming legal upon graduation, you instantly have brand new college educated taxpayers who can contribute.
Bill Morgan April 06, 2011 at 04:47 PM
I see xenophobic nutjobs are not just limited to Arizona.
Danielle Corona April 06, 2011 at 05:08 PM
No one is suggesting turning them away. BUT, why must every benefit available to someone who IS a citizen of this nation be available to people here illegally. I realize the tremendous burdon upon these children brought here by their parents, but right now, that burdon is being shouldered by the Californian Taxpayer (who are leaving the state in droves). It isn't xenophobia, it is an unsustainable fiscal policy that needs to be changed. Period.
LASPULGASGUNNER April 06, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Typical, when you you can't debate an issue with facts, play the race card, call them a racist, bigot, homophobic or xenophobic.
Steve O. April 06, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Well, raising the tuition rate almost 10x is effectively turning them away. I don't have any hard numbers to look at, but I would probably guess that any strain on the California university system by illegal immigrants only represents a drop in the bucket. I agree with you, though, that this is not economically viable and in trying times like these, everything must be examined. There are just much better ways to accomplish this. I would support the military personnel getting the in-state rates, though. That just makes sense.
LASPULGASGUNNER April 06, 2011 at 05:38 PM
How could children of illegal aliens who were brought here as illegal aliens be full Americans " ? Before the 1965 Immigration Reform Act, the immigration policies for America was set as what was best for America. Today it seems that immigration has nothing to do with what's best for America but what's best for the immigrant. In California, almost one half of the state deficit is directly related to the states cost of providing services to illegal aliens. When you account for what taxes illegal aliens living in California do pay, sales tax, state gasoline tax, property taxes through paying rent to their landlord, etc. It cost every American living in California around $ 2,400. Now I know that almost 2/3 of the State Legislature believe that most Americans are to stupid to know how to spend their hard earned income and they'll spend it for us. But I disagree, I believe the State Legislature are the stupid people who don't know how to spend my money and I could spend that $ 2,400 which is my money that I legally earned and spend it more wisely than a bunch of tax and spend legislatures. It's not my responsibility to support people who are not suppose to be here in the first place.
Steve O. April 06, 2011 at 05:50 PM
When I said "full Americans", I meant in the sense that they have been here since they were perhaps 2 or 3 years old, and have thus been raised American. And listen, I do not doubt the economic implications of this, but there are solutions that aren't being sought out. These pieces of legislation won't do much long term to fix the fact that California is in crisis mode economically. By the way, I'm not saying you're a racist or anything related, but when you start making statements like "people who are not suppose to be here in the first place", it really gives people the impression that you might be. If it's all about the economics, then fine, let's find a way to get tax dollars out of these guys. But if it's an attitude fueled by a "this is my country/state, these guys don't belong here" mentality, then it it's a misguided path that won't do anything to fix the real problems.
Steve O. April 06, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Also, on the note of "what's best for America vs. what's best for the immigrant: Isn't what's best for America to generate more revenue through more tax dollars? And what's best for immigrants to stay in America? Seems like an simple fix to me. Let's find a way for them to legally work and be done with it. Then there are more tax dollars, and no complaints like this.
Bill Morgan April 06, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Speaking of an inability to debate an issue with facts, where was the race card in my comment? Xenophobia is defined as the "hatred or fear of foreigners or strangers or of their politics or culture".[1] It comes from the Greek words ξένος (xenos), meaning "stranger," "foreigner" and φόβος (phobos), meaning "fear."[2] Xenophobia can manifest itself in many ways involving the relations and perceptions of an ingroup towards an outgroup, including a fear of losing identity, suspicion of its activities, aggression, and desire to eliminate its presence to secure a presumed purity. How about the hundreds of billions of dollars illegal aliens pay into unemployment, social security and sales taxes? How about quoting facts from somewhere other than a right-wing nutjob organizations? The Center for Immigration Studies was started in 1985 by a Michigan ophthalmologist named John Tanton — a man known for his racist statements about Latinos, his decades-long flirtation with white nationalists and Holocaust deniers, and his publication of ugly racist materials. CIS' creation was part of a carefully thought-out strategy aimed at creating a set of complementary institutions to cultivate the nativist cause — groups including the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and NumbersUSA. Likewise, Judicial Watch is entirely financed by right-wingers like John Olin and Richard Mellon Scaife.
LASPULGASGUNNER April 06, 2011 at 06:31 PM
Your the one who brought up xenophobic, not I. Your the one who referred Arizonans as being "nutjobs." Your the one who resorted to name calling, not I. Personally, I believe in the rule of law. And I expect the Federal, State and local governments to enforce those laws that are already on the books. If Congress wants to change those laws, fine, do it legally. Until then I expect those laws to be enforced and I don't want to be taxed to provide services to law breakers because government refuses to enforce those laws and refuses to secure our borders. You know you almost sound like a spokesperson for the Southern Poverty Law Center. You are aware that the SPLC is a extreme radical leftist hate group ? What's the SPLC philosophy ? If your not a person of color or a white beard scratching liberal, you must be either a racist, bigot or hate monger. Assemblyman Donnelly knew that AB-26 didn't have a chance to make it out of the Judiciary Committee, he just wanted to expose the ten members of that committee who have no respect for the rule of law.
Danielle Corona April 06, 2011 at 06:59 PM
I can appreciate your comments Steve. I just wish the Federal Gov't would step up, since they are the ones responsible for creating this fiasco. Then, when a State tries to fix its problems, the Feds create more barriers and limits as to why they cannot do this.
Steve O. April 07, 2011 at 05:37 AM
I think we can all agree on that part - the Federal Gov't putting States in almost impossible positions by not providing solutions for these issues.

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