Pérez introduces Resolution on Central American Immigrants

Sacramento, California - Today, with the Legislature back from summer recess, Majority Leader Manuel Pérez has introduced a resolution calling for the humane treatment of the displaced Central American children seeking refuge in California.

“This purpose of this resolution is two-fold,” explained Pérez. “First, it seeks to spur compassion and a sense of responsibility toward vulnerable people caught up in a situation not of their making.  At the same time, it also calls for their humane and fair treatment, to ensure they have access to due process and equal protection under the law. These people are in a desperate situation, and I believe our response should be guided by American values and the imperative to care for those in need.”

House Resolution 51 (HR 51) urges Californians to respect the human dignity of the immigrants seeking refuge in the United State and to ensure they are afforded due process and protection under the law.  It makes a number of declarations, calling for state and federal efforts to promote stability, economic development, education, and the rule of law in these sending countries as a means to improve public safety and curtail mass migration.  It also outlines the role American foreign policy has played in creating the instability and violence that is driving so many young people to leave their homelands.

Last month, Pérez travelled with five other legislators to the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Panama, where they discussed immigration, among a number of issues.  Following that, Pérez was in Mexico City with Governor Brown and other legislators on a trade and investment mission, also discussing immigration policy and border infrastructure.  Pérez has also toured border patrol facilities in Imperial County where many of the displaced families were held when they were re-routed from Murrieta after federal transports were blocked by protestors.

Later this week, Pérez intends to release another two pieces of legislation, one related to immigrant integration and another on economic development along the California-Mexico border.

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