Last updated on: 12/7/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

California Senate Public Safety Committee Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“[I]mmigration enforcement by local police will not make us safer from terrorism. Eroding the rapport and trust between communities and police will, in fact, make us less safe. Police need the cooperation of the communities they serve and protect to collect information about suspicious behavior so they can prevent terrorism and other crime. In communities where people are afraid to talk to police, more crimes go unreported, fewer witnesses come forth, and people are less likely to report suspicious activity. Battered immigrant women are particularly vulnerable, especially if they are married to a citizen or lawful resident.”

“AJR 57 – Local Peace Officer Enforcement of Federal Immigration and Nationality Act,” Bill Analysis, Aug. 21, 2002

Description:

“Bills are heard in Standing Committees which meet on a regular basis throughout the year. [Its jurisdiction includes] bills amending the following: Evidence code relating to criminal procedure; penal code; statutes of a penal nature not related closely to a subject included in another subdivision of this rule; and bills relating to the Youth and Adult Corrections Agency. Policy committee hearings are the forums for public input, the best place for citizens to communicate their concerns about proposed legislation.”

“Committees,” www.sen.ca.gov (accessed Jun. 20, 2007)

Mission:

“Policy committee hearings are the forums for public input, the best place for citizens to communicate their concerns about proposed legislation.”

“Committees,” www.sen.ca.gov (accessed Jun. 20, 2007)

Other:
Government