California Democrats have reportedly hired former Attorney General Eric Holder to assist them in combating the policies of incoming President Donald Trump.
“Having the former attorney general of the United States brings us a lot of firepower in order to prepare to safeguard the values of the people of California,” state Sen. Kevin de León, D-Calif., told The New York Times. “This means we are very, very serious.”
“With the upcoming change in administrations, we expect that there will be extraordinary challenges for California in the uncertain times ahead,” León added in a statement reportedly released Wednesday with fellow Sen. Anthony Rendon, D-Calif.
What concerns León and other Democrat politicians from California is Trump’s stance on issues such as the environment, illegal immigration and criminal justice. Generally, the president-elect’s views run counter to those of President Barack Obama.
Speaking on behalf of Trump at a rally in Virginia four months ago, then-GOP vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence promised that his running mate would “repeal every single Obama executive order” upon stepping into the White House.
Were this to hold true, it would mean an end to many policies that Democrat lawmakers favor, including Obama’s controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that permits undocumented illegals who entered the country as minors to remain in the country indefinitely.
California Democrats have reportedly asked Obama to pardon DACA recipients and protect their information before he leaves office, but he has yet to respond.
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Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., who was formally nominated this week by California Gov. Jerry Brown to succeed Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, “is expected to be instrumental in battling with the Trump White House over any attempt to enforce stringent measures aimed at immigrants,” according to the Times.
The incoming administration’s policies will also likely run counter to those of California vis–à–vis the theory of climate change, which Trump has denied to be true but California Democrats ardently accept.
The governor has reportedly made it clear that he intends to challenge the Trump administration on this issue and hopes that his new attorney general will be the key to that looming battle.
As for Holder, he appears ready to do his part to assist both Brown and Becerra.
“I am honored that the Legislature chose Covington to serve as its legal adviser as it considers how to respond to potential changes in federal law that could impact California’s residents and policy priorities,” he said in a statement, referencing his law firm.
“I am confident that our expertise across a wide array of federal legal and regulatory issues will be a great resource to the Legislature,” he added.
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