Amended in Senate September 10, 2015

Senate ResolutionNo. 39

Introduced by Senators Hall, De León, Galgiani, Glazer, Hueso, Jackson, Lara, Mendoza, Mitchell, and Pan

July 8, 2015

Senate Resolution No. 39—Relative to immigration.

P1    1WHEREAS, The United States of America was founded on the
2principles of liberty and justice, and these principles enshrined in
3our Declaration of Independence the self-evident truth that all
4persons are created equal; and

5WHEREAS, The United States was and continues to be built
6by people of all ethnic, racial, gender, religious, and socioeconomic
7backgrounds and is celebrated for its tolerance, diversity, and
8freedom; and

9WHEREAS, California is home to the largest population of
10immigrants in the United States whose contributions help to drive
11this state to be the most economically successful and prosperous
12in the nation; and

13WHEREAS, Immigrants continue to develop and expand
14businesses, innovate, strengthen our economy, and create jobs in
15California; and

16WHEREAS, A study by the University of California, Los
17Angeles, states that legalizing the status of undocumented
18immigrants working and living in the United States would create
19approximately $1.5 trillion in additional gross domestic product
20growth over the next 10 years and increase wages for all workers;

P2    1WHEREAS, Immigrants fundamentally enrich the extraordinary
2character of our nation with their unique cultures, heritages, and
3experiences; and

4WHEREAS, California’s short-term and long-term economic
5and social health, security, and prosperity require policies that
6allow individuals to become legal and enfranchised participants
7in our society and economy; and

8WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of California has officially
9recognized the value and importance of immigrants in California
10through the unanimous, bipartisan support of Senate Joint
11Resolution 2, and Senate Resolution 35; and

12WHEREAS, The California State Legislature has engaged in
13thoughtful, respectful discourse on immigration and other
14challenging issues, often uniting in bipartisan support and always
15respecting the diverse individual views and beliefs of the
16membership and of the people they represent; and

17WHEREAS, In 2015, the United States has experienced many
18historic changes promoting civil rights and progressive social
19change throughout the nation; and

20WHEREAS, In 2015, the United States has also experienced
21tragic events that remind us that more work is needed to achieve
22equality and justice for all persons; and

23WHEREAS, Recent events throughout the country have moved
24the nation to engage in meaningful public dialogue on issues
25including racial equality, gender equality, LGBT equality,
26immigration, and other civil rights; and

27WHEREAS, Negative, demonizing, and stereotypical rhetoric
28has no place in the national political discourse; and

29WHEREAS, Racist, hateful speech can incite severe and tragic
30consequences; and

31WHEREAS, Aspiring national leaders, in particular, have a
32responsibility to engage the public on immigration reform and
33other issues in a thoughtful and respectful way without disparaging
34or negatively stereotyping communities or individuals; and

35WHEREAS, Presidential candidates including Donald Trump
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37undocumented immigrant families for a range of problems and
38challenges facing the United States; and

39WHEREAS, Presidential candidate Donald Trump recently
40stated that, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending
P3    1their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and
2they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs.
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5WHEREAS, Presidential candidate Ted Cruz has defended
6Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s racist remarks against
7immigrant families and people of Mexican descent; and

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8WHEREAS, Presidential candidate Ted Cruz characterized
9United States immigration as “policies [that] have encouraged
10drug smugglers, child abusers, murderers, and other dangerous
11criminals”; now, therefore, be it

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12Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate
13condemns discrimination in any form on the basis of race, ethnicity,
14national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or
15disability; and be it further

16Resolved, That the Senate calls for an end to hate speech and
17racist rhetoric by all presidential candidates; and be it further

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18Resolved, That the Senate condemns in the strongest terms
19possible the racist rhetoric against immigrant families made by
20Presidential candidate Ted Cruz; and be it further

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21Resolved, That the Senate condemns in the strongest terms
22possible the racist rhetoric against immigrant families made by
23Presidential candidate Donald Trump; and be it further

24Resolved, That the Senate calls upon the State of California to
25divest from Donald Trump, The Trump Organization, and any
26affiliated entities; and be it further

27Resolved, That the Senate calls upon private businesses and
28individuals throughout California to end all business ties with
29Donald Trump, The Trump Organization, and any affiliated
30entities; and be it further

31Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
32this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.