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Political Watch 9/7/17

• Both Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) issued statements following President Donald Trump’s announcement that his administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a six-month delay. Sen. Harris, who is a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affiars Committee and co-sponsor of the DREAM Act and the Agricultural Worker Program Act, said, “DACA recipients make our nation strong and represent the best of America. The president’s decision undermines our nation’s values and is a cruel betrayal to the more than 800,000 young people, including more than 200,000 Californians, who have only ever known the Unites States of America as their home,” in the statement released from her office. “The consequences of this decision will be devastating. It will spilt up families, force young people back to countries they never knew, and cost our economy billions of dollars. It is heartless.” Rep. Carbajal said that more than “9,000 students, entrepreneurs, and military members are eligible for the program on the Central Coast,” and that DACA allows those people live in the U.S. without fear of deportation. “I was once a young immigrant in this nation, which has since given me the opportunity to work hard, raise my family, and serve my country both in the military and in Congress. Terminating DACA and stripping DREAMers of that hope and opportunity is unconscionable and incompatible with our American values,” Carbajal said in the statement. Both Harris and Carbajal voiced support for the DREAM Act, which was reintroduced in the summer, and urged Congress to support the legislation. “Congress must take immediate action to protect DREAMers before the program is set to expire,” Carbajal said in his statement. “I am proud to co-sponsor the DREAM Act, to permanently codify DACA, and I urge my colleagues in the majority to stand up for DREAMers by immediately bringing this legislation to the floor for a vote.”

• A bill penned by California Senate Majority Leader Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) that is designed to secure safe and affordable drinking water for Californians was approved by the state Assembly Appropriations Committee by a unanimous vote on Sept. 1. The legislation, SB 623, would amend the California Safe Drinking Water Act and establish the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund in the state Treasury. The bill now goes to the Assembly Rules Committee for approval. The Community Water Center, a nonprofit environmental justice organization based in the San Joaquin Valley, issued a statement supporting SB 623, saying, “California has a drinking water crisis much larger in scope than that of Flint, Michigan. More than 1 million Californians and 300 communities are impacted by unsafe drinking water every year. … We urge the Legislature to act as swiftly as possible to resolve California’s long-standing drinking water crisis, and to take advantage of the unique opportunity afforded by SB 623 for the good of California both now and for decades to come.”

• State Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-Templeton) announced that the California State Legislature approved his resolution, ACR 88, which would dedicate part of Highway 1 in memory of Charles I. Walter. The resolution will dedicate State Route 1 to Walter, beinning at Kansas Avenue all the way to Canet Road near San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. “Charles Walter built over 200 miles of highways and freeways throughout California,” Cunningham told the Paso Robles Daily News. “It is only appropriate to dedicate a 5-mile portion of State Route 1, which runs through the old Walter family ranch, in his name.”

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