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As Washington Continues to Fumble on Immigration Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia’s Bipartisan Legislation Offers California Solutions!

Once again Washington’s Congressional leadership postponed a vote on their immigration proposal Thursday.

Amid the on-going border crisis, your 56th District Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) called for leadership.  

Assemblymember Garcia’s district spans the Mexicali border and is home to predominantly migrant farmworker family communities that have been heavily distressed by heightened immigration patrols near workplaces, schools, and hospitals.

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia provided the following statement: 

“If the wailing of infants being ripped out of the arms of their parents does not prompt Congress to come together on immigration reform – what will?  We can no longer afford to wait on Washington. As demonstrated in this latest immigration proposal flop, Congress has proven time and time again that they are unable to put aside their partisan gridlock and come to a consensus on this critical issue.”

“All the horrific images that have come to light of the inhumane separation of families that have been allowed to transpire at our borders will forever remain as a dark stain of shame upon our nation’s history and a time where the Presidential Administration turned its back on our core values. The President’s Executive Order, induced by public outcry and global outrage is not enough. It will neither undo the irreparable damage that has occurred nor offers a substantive policy solution to this looming crisis.  We also have a responsibility to ensure the swift reunification of the thousands of separated children.”    

 “California and I will no longer abide for terror tactics and partisan rhetoric that uses the lives of people and children as political bargaining chips. It is sickening. California remains resilient and steadfast defenders of our nation’s fundamental ideals and values.”  

“This year, I put forward AB 1885 and AJR 34 as California’s proposed solutions. Together these measures are as much about safeguarding our economic stability as they are about keeping families together.”

“Our California Resident Worker Program and Economic Stabilization Act, drafted with staunch bipartisan support, would organize a working group to establish a model for the implementation of a resident worker permit program. The state would work with the federal government to allow all currently unauthorized workers in California’s agriculture and service industries to remain working in California until Congress enacts comprehensive immigration reform policy.”

“California is responsible for over one-third of the nation’s food, and over sixty percent of our state’s farmworkers are unauthorized. These are hardworking, highly skilled people and families that have already ingrained their lives in our communities. This precarious predicament requires immediate action and leadership. AB 1885 and AJR 37 are solutions that must move forward.”

Assemblymember of the 56th District Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) serves as your Assemblymember in the California Legislature and chairperson of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife. 

Garcia represents the 56th district, which comprises these cities and communities in both Riverside and Imperial counties:

Bermuda Dunes
Cathedral City
Desert Hot Springs
El Centro
North Shore
Salton Sea
Thousand Palms

Garcia is seeking re-election on November 6, 2018. There are 80 total Assemblymembers that make up the California Legislature.  All 80 Assembly seats are up for election in 2018. California state assembly members serve two-year terms.

Paid for by Eduardo Garcia for State Assembly