California Governor Jerry Brown criticized Republicans in Congress for their failure to pass a comprehensive immigration reform.
During a Q&A with reporters at the National Press Club in Washington, Gov. Brown said the ongoing immigration standoff in hurting California. He said there are around two million undocumented immigrants in the state. Many of them have been living in the state for five, ten, 20 years or more. They are working in the agriculture, construction, restaurant, and other industries.
According to the governor, “They’ve become integrated in to our economy and they’re doing important work. So, to scare the hell out of them, put them on the run is very disruptive to the economy.”
Additionally, Gov. Brown blamed those he called “low-life politicians” for the current dysfunctional immigration system that’s disrupting California’s economy.
“We need a comprehensive immigration. With all the other talk and noise about the border, the fact is America has 10 to 11 million people [undocumented immigrants]. They’re human beings. They have families. It’s very important that they be integrated in a humane, intelligent way,” said Gov. Brown.
Furthermore, Gov. Brown emphasized that the immigration debate has become “an inflammatory football that the very low-life politicians like to exploit.” He said the actions of these politicians are “shocking, despicable, and harmful to California, mostly to the people.”
Gov. Brown says Republicans in Congress are the guilty party
Moreover, the governor said it’s time for these politicians to “just chill” and “recognize the fact” that these millions of undocumented immigrants are here. The ICE raids are affecting businesses and the well-being of people. It is not decent. It is completely unproductive.
Gov. Brown pointed out the President Donald Trump is not saying that he wants to round ‘em up and ship ‘em out. He cited the reason that the American people would repudiate the President and the Republican Party.
He said many are pointing at Pres. Trump but he emphasized that the Republicans in Congress are responsible for the current problem.
“Everyone wants to talk about Trump but the Republicans in Congress are the guilty party, they make laws. The other fellow is supposed to execute them,” said Gov. Brown.
He encouraged the Republicans in Congress to come up with a plan to fix the country’s immigration system.