Two DACA recipients arrested on suspicion of human smuggling

A man who was in the United States under the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program, and another man whose DACA protections had expired, were arrested on suspicion of human smuggling in two separate incidents last week, federal officials said Monday.

The DACA program gave unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children two-year renewable permits protecting them from deportation and allowing them to work.

In September, President Donald Trump announced the program would end in March 2018.

The first instance happened on Wednesday near Torrey Pines State Beach.

Border agents were sent to the area after a resident spotted what appeared to be a smuggling incident, federal officials said. Further investigation led agents to a vehicle suspected of being involved, which they pulled over on Interstate 5 near Dairy Mart Road about 12:10 p.m.

Three men were inside: the driver, a 20-year-old DACA recipient whose status had expired, and two Mexican nationals, ages 21 and 22, suspected of being in the country illegally. …

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Travis Allen Trounces His Republican Opponents In Fundraising

Republican Travis Allen announced that between July 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017, his campaign for Governor of California raised $368,826.85 from 3,096 individual contributors. Compared to his nearest Republican opponent, John Cox, the Allen campaign raised 21% more and had 230 more donors in the period.

Travis Allen’s campaign for Governor has now received donations from more supporters than any Republican candidate for Governor.

These numbers continue the good news for the Allen campaign. The most recent SurveyUSA poll showed Allen beating the next two Republican candidates combined.

Additionally, in the month of January, the Allen campaign has already received the support of approximately 2,000 new contributors.

Blowing the whistle on sexual harassers may get easier for Capitol workers

Before sexual harassment allegations rattled the Capitol, legislation by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, to extend whistleblower protections to workers in the statehouse died in the Senate four years in a row.

Now an amended version of the Legislative Employee Whistleblower Protection Act – with an urgency clause and more than half of the Legislature added on as co-authors – is back in the Senate and expected to come up for a floor vote Thursday.

Assembly Bill 403 makes it illegal to retaliate against a legislative worker who blows the whistle on a lawmaker or another employee with “a good faith allegation” for any action that may violate state law or a legislative code of conduct. The Senate currently operates with a code of conduct, while the Assembly does not.

Anyone who retaliates against a legislative employee faces up to a $10,000 fine and one year in jail, as well as civil liability, under the bill. …

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Now $870 million, price of Oroville Dam crisis jumps by a third

Oroville Dam’s battered flood-control spillways have been largely rebuilt, but the cost of last February’s near-disaster keeps rising. On Friday, state officials put the total price tag at $870 million.

The latest figure from the California Department of Water Resources represents a 32 percent increase from DWR’s estimate in October, when the cost was pegged at approximately $660 million.

State officials insist the climbing price tag is not from unexpected cost overruns. Instead, DWR spokeswoman Erin Mellon said the agency has finally been able to estimate the cost of recovery work that includes removal of debris from the Feather River channel below the dam; relocation of power transmission lines; staff time and other work that’s been undertaken since last winter’s crisis. Those costs came to $210 million.

“So it’s not a jump in costs at all,” she said.

Of the total $870 million cost, the largest expense is the reconstruction of the dam’s two badly damaged flood-control spillways. Mellon said the reconstruction work, which is proceeding in two phases and is expected to be completed this fall, is expected to cost $500 million. That estimate hasn’t changed since last October. …

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Sanctuary cities lose $53 million in federal funds

The Justice Department’s move to withdraw criminal justice funds to sanctuary cities shielding criminal illegals, including rapists and murderers, from deportation, could cost them as much as $53 million.

A new analysis of the proposal pushed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions finds that the sanctuary states of California, Oregon and Illinois, with the biggest sanctuary cities of Los Angeles, New York and Chicago would get hit hardest.

The Center for Immigration Studies has listed areas in jeopardy of losing their Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, which it called “the largest source of federal criminal justice funds for state and local authorities.”

Some cities have sued to stop the administration.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been eager for the funding crackdown because some 300 sanctuary jurisdictions block their agents from entering jails to arrest criminal illegals. Instead, they have to wait until the illegal immigrants are arrested and ICE officials say that makes it a far more dangerous situation than in a jail. …

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Jerry Brown’s Final ‘State of the State’ Address Thanks Republicans for Saving Obamacare

jerry-brownCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown delivered his final “State of the State” address on Thursday in the State Capitol in Sacramento. Brown, in his second consecutive term, and his fourth term overall since the late 1970s, is prevented by law from running again.

His 2018 speech was the 16th such address — far more than any other California governor has given. He used the occasion to review his achievements and call for bipartisan unity on his favorite issues.

Brown pointed to how far the state had come since 2011, when he took office after a political comeback that saw him work his way back up the system from Oakland mayor to California attorney general.

“It is now hard to visualize — or even remember — the hardships, the bankruptcies and the home foreclosures so many experienced during the Great Recession,” Brown recalled. Unemployment was above 12 percent and 1.3 million Californians lost their jobs.”

Today, he said, California’s economy is booming again, with 2.8 million new jobs created in the past eight years.

He pointed to legislation on which Republicans had joined Democrats, and vowed to protect those Republicans who crossed the aisle to re-authorize the state’s controversial cap-and-trade program. “I got your back,” Brown promised.

Brown emphasized the challenge of climate change and other environmental themes. “We should never forget our dependence on the natural environment … we can’t fight nature, we have to learn how to get along with it,” he said. He promised to convene a task force to review forest management in the state in response to the spate of wildfires that struck California over the past several months. He touted California’s leadership on climate change policy, in contrast to the policies of the Trump administration. And he promised to begin spending money on water storage.

He also addressed last year’s controversial 12-cent gas tax hike — which now faces a repeal referendum — calling it “essential” to raise money to fund repairs to the state’s aging infrastructure. “I will do anything in my power to defeat any repeal effort that gets on the ballot. You can count on that,” he said, to applause from Democrats.

Brown also talked about high-speed rail. “I make no bones about it: I like trains, I like high-speed trains even better,” he said. He said that such systems were “taken for granted” in other countries, quoting President Ronald Reagan praising the Japanese bullet train in 1983. Brown acknowledged that there were “obstacles” to the high-speed rail system, but vowed to build it, saying it was cheaper than expanding airports or building new freeways.

“California was built on dreams and perseverance, and the bolder path is still our way forward,” Brown declared.

Brown also touted California’s participation in Obamacare. He specifically thanked the three Republicans in the U.S. Senate who had defeated efforts in 2017 to repeal and replace the ailing program. “Thank God for John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins,” he said, noting that they had joined with Democrats to save Obamacare.

Notably, Brown did not wade into the ongoing debate over single-payer health care in California.

He did, however, address criminal justice reform, urging legislators not to pass new criminal statutes too easily. He cited the thicket of criminal provisions in the California penal code, contrasting them with the Ten Commandments.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named to Forward’s 50 “most influential” Jews in 2017. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

This article was originally published by Breitbart.com/California

California Needs Voter ID Laws

Voter fraud is real, pervasive, and purposed. But don’t take it from me. Listen to Alabama Democratic Rep. Artur Davis.

Davis is a unique Democrat who acknowledges voter fraud is a reality that his party deliberately ignores, and pushed back against progressives claiming that worries over voter fraud are rooted in prejudice toward minorities.

“What I have seen in my state, in my region, is the most aggressive practitioners of voter-fraud are local machines who are tied lock, stock and barrel to the special interests in their communities — the landfills, the casino operators — and they’re cooking the [ballot] boxes on election day, they’re manufacturing absentee ballots, they’re voting [in the names of] people named Donald Duck, because they want to control politics and thwart progress.”

Davis argued that voter identification would protect minorities, including non-citizens, from politicians who are lobbied by special interests groups to resist anti-fraud measures.

“If you believe in more transparency around connections in politics and money in politics, how can you not believe in transparency when it comes to the core of politics which is voting?”

My state of California is not so fortunate to have Democrats like Artur Davis, who admits Democratic Party bosses benefit from voter fraud, but rather those who teeter between outright denying voter fraud happens and fostering an environment conducive to non-citizen voting. In January 2015, California became a state that allows illegal immigrants to obtain a driver’s license by revoking the need for applicants to establish proof of legal presence in the United States. Then in October 2015, under the false pretense that it’s “still too hard for Californians to register to vote,” Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law to register all eligible drivers license holders as voters unless they “opt out.”

But that wasn’t far enough. …

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Higher taxes aren’t the solution to California’s problems

Californians are some of the most taxed people in the country, yet it never seems to be enough for those who want more of other people’s money.

California has among the highest per capita tax burden and some of the highest income, sales and gas tax rates in the country. It’s no surprise the Tax Foundation ranked California’s business tax climate 48th in the country last year.

This extensive system of taxation puts California on track for a state government general fund budget of nearly $132 billion in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. That’s up from an enacted general fund budget of $102 billion in 2007-08.

Rather than taxing and spending ourselves into prosperity, however, California continues to lead the nation in poverty, finds itself in the grips of a housing crisis, produces some of the most abysmal educational outcomes in the nation and even after pension reforms in 2012 will remain buried in pension obligations for decades to come. …

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New California law will automatically register illegal immigrants to vote

A new law in California that goes into effect this spring will automatically register people to vote – including immigrants who are in the country illegally.

In 2015, the state passed a law called the California New Motor Voter Act to increase voter rolls by simplifying the process to register to vote.

The legislation, which goes into effect April 1, will automatically register people who apply for a new driver’s license or new state ID at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

California has long provided driver’s licenses to anyone who claims to be in the country legally, whether they provide proof or not, which means illegal aliens will be registered to vote, WND reports. …

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Travis Allen: Attorney General Xavier Becerra Must be Prosecuted for Criminal Obstruction of Justice

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Travis Allen called for the US Department of Justice to prosecute Attorney General Xavier Becerra for criminal obstruction of justice after the AG’s public threats on January 18Xavier Becerra to prosecute California business owners that comply with federal law and cooperate with Federal immigration authorities. 

“This goes way beyond the Sanctuary State. Threatening individuals for cooperating with federal law enforcement is criminal obstruction of justice. These are the same tactics that the mafia uses to silence witnesses.”

“I am calling on US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prosecute Xavier Becerra immediately on obstruction of justice charges. Californians shouldn’t have to decide between following federal law or being prosecuted by state authorities.”

“The law is clear, when it comes to immigration, federal law trumps state law.  Attorney General Xavier Becerra knows this and is purposefully and illegally trying to obstruct justice and keep federal authorities from doing their constitutional duty. California’s businesses are not pawns in Xavier Becerra’s war with the White House. This is beyond outrageous – it’s criminal and must be prosecuted.”