Democratic lawmakers returning to Sacramento for a new legislative session Monday arrived ready to fight for immigrant rights, wasting no time in positioning California as a key adversary to President-elect Donald Trump's agenda.
Within hours of reconvening and welcoming new members, both the Assembly and Senate approved identical resolutions -- over the objections of minority Republicans -- that called on Trump not to pursue a "mass deportation strategy."
But they don't seem to be counting on their appeal to be embraced by the incoming Republican administration: Democrats in Sacramento also announced legislation Monday aimed at helping undocumented immigrants fight deportation attempts.
In remarks after being re-elected Assembly speaker, Anthony Rendon, D-Los Angeles, called for defiance "whenever justice, fairness and righteousness require."
“Californians may accept the lawfulness of the November election, but millions of us do not accept the sentiment delivered by this election,” Rendon said. “It is up to us to pass policies that would firewall Californians -- and what we believe -- from the cynical, shortsighted and reactionary agenda that is rising in the wake of the election.”