Question: What should be done about the governor of the most populous state in the union throwing open the doors to any and all Mexican immigrants, legal or illegal? Is this sort of “come one, come all” policy the new normal in Obama’s America?
The Los Angeles Times reports that California Governor Jerry Brown — a far-left, liberal Democrat if there ever was one — hosted Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto for a two-day tour of the Golden State. It was bad enough that Peña Nieto told a gathering in Los Angeles that “this is the other Mexico”. But then Brown opened his arms to illegal immigrants in the room, as well as throughout the state, with these five words: “You’re all welcome in California.”
From the LATimes.com article:
In introducing Peña Nieto on Monday, Brown spoke about the interwoven histories of Mexico and California and nodded to the immigrants in the room, saying it didn’t matter whether they had permission to be in the United States.
“You’re all welcome in California,” he said.
Peña Nieto also expounded on the close ties between Mexico and California, which has the country’s largest population of Mexican immigrants. He thanked state officials for embracing foreigners, citing measures that extend state benefits to immigrants, and presented scholarships to several immigrant students enrolled at California universities.
Of course, one important reason for Governor Brown’s “who-cares-if-you’re-legal” immigration stance could certainly be to improve his political fortunes.
A good relationship with Peña Nieto and Mexico could pay political dividends for the governor, who is running for reelection in November. In 2010, Latinos made up 19.2% of California voters, according to the California Civic Engagement Project at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change.
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