California Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Marin County) released a statement in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement of the appointment of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist.
“A national immigration policy staked in deporting millions of Latinos has a name: ethnic cleansing," Levine said. "Six months ago I saw Trump for the xenophobe he truly is and introduced two resolutions condemning Trump’s racist and discriminatory immigration policies. I took Trump seriously 180 days ago when I introduced these resolutions because I took his words at face value. With Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon, he has moved with deliberate speed to implement an agenda of ethnic cleansing through deportation. We must reject a propaganda minister inside the White House masterminding ethnic cleansing in America.”
The United Nations Commission of Experts, in a January 1993 report to the Security Council, defined “ethnic cleansing” as “rendering an area ethnically homogenous by using force or intimidation to remove persons of given groups from the area.” Breitbart News supports white nationalism, a movement that opposes multiculturalism and believes in the supremacy of the white race.
Angie Junck, Supervising Attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Lindsay Toczylowski, Executive Director at the Immigrant Defenders Law Center, also called for California to continue to lead the way in protecting immigrants.
“California has led the way in our inclusion and integration of diverse immigrant communities, and we are without a doubt a more welcoming, more innovative and economically robust state for it,” said Angie Junck. “In the past week, we have seen a disturbing rise in hate crimes around the country and the anti-immigrant political rhetoric has reached a fever pitch," Toczylowski said. "It is clear that immigrant rights are under attack and the time for California to take action is now. As the federal government steps up enforcement efforts, California must take bold, public and substantial steps to protect all immigrants who live within our borders, particularly the most vulnerable among us. It is imperative that we as Californians defend our immigrant communities from due process violations and other unconstitutional, inhumane actions. The time is now for California to show the rest of the nation who we are and what values we hold dear: inclusivity, diversity, and justice for all.”