ICE Agents Are Using Battlefield Surveillance Technology To Snoop On Cell Phones

June 14, 2017

The Huffington Post

A federal warrant unsealed in May reveals how immigration authorities are using an invasive cell phone snooping tool, known as a “Stingray,” once confined to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the first evidence of the device being used for immigration enforcement, and it highlights the need for greater transparency about how state and local police deploy similar tools.

Sessions Narrows Trump’s Order Against Sanctuary Cities

May 22, 2017

The New York Times

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday clarified President Trump’s executive order on so-called sanctuary cities, narrowly defining such jurisdictions — and the money they could expect to receive from the federal government — in a way that appeared to fall far short of Mr. Trump’s previous threats to starve all federal funding from localities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration enforcement.

‘Dreamers’ to Stay in U.S. for Now, but Long-Term Fate Is Unclear

June 16, 2017

The New York Times

President Trump will not immediately eliminate protections for the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children, according to new memorandums issued by the administration Thursday night.

But White House officials said Friday morning that Mr. Trump had not made a decision about the long-term fate of the program and might yet follow through on a campaign pledge to take away work permits from the immigrants or deport them.

DailyKos -- Salmon Fishermen Praise Introduction of California Environmental Defense Act:

February 23, 2017

Salmon fishermen joined environmentalists and other public trust advocates in praising the introduction of  SB 49, the California Environmental Defense Act, in the California State Senate on February 23.

The Senate leadership unveiled SB 49 as part of the Preserve California legislative package “to insulate the state from dangerous rollbacks in federal environmental regulations and public health protections” proposed by the Donald Trump administration and Congress.

Reuters -- California lawmakers release environmental bills in attempt to thwart Trump

February 23, 2017

Democratic state senators in California on Thursday unveiled a series of bills designed to freeze in place Obama administration-era environmental regulations in the event the Trump administration moves to weaken them.

The bills, collectively known as the "Preserve California" package, aim to make existing federal clean air, water, and endangered species laws enforceable under state law and protect federal lands in the state from being sold to oil companies.

Politico -- California moves to pre-empt Trump on environment, endangered species

February 23, 2017

Needling President Donald Trump and bracing for a rollback of Obama-era environmental protections, Democrats in the nation’s most populous state are launching a preemptive strike.

California lawmakers are expected Thursday to propose legislation to fold existing federal air, water and endangered species standards into state law, sources said, enshrining pre-Trump levels of protection in California regardless of any reversal at the federal level.

Los Angeles Times -- Can California go its own way on federal environmental protections? These lawmakers want to try

February 23, 2017

California lawmakers want to build a regulatory wall around the state, opening a new front in their brewing war with President Trump as they try to prevent any rollbacks in federal rules from weakening environmental protections here.

Press Release -- Senate Approves ‘Preserve California’ Legislative package

May 30, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate voted today to approve the Preserve California legislative package, which insulates the state from dangerous rollbacks in federal environmental regulations and public health protections, shields public lands from exploitation, and protects whistleblowers and public scientific data.   

Los Angeles Times: Capitol Journal -- California is right to fight Trump. His idea of states' rights is clearly limited

January 23, 2017

President Donald Trump began his inaugural address with words that might have heartened nervous California Democrats. But then he warmed up and reverted to the familiar campaigner-in-chief.

Like many Republican leaders, Trump preached states’ rights — or seemed to.