Though illegal immigration into California has declined in recent years, the state has recently become a flashpoint for the national debate on immigration reform.
As Texas has been overwhelmed by a flood of migrants fleeing gang violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, many of those detainees have been sent to Border Patrol facilities in other states for processing. But a bus carrying immigrants to a facility in Murietta last week was stopped by hundreds of protesters, amplifying criticisms over how the federal government is handling the surge of border crossings.
The California Latino Legislative Caucus has expressed its own concerns with the efforts, particularly the conditions that immigrants, many of whom are unaccompanied minors, face when they arrive in the U.S. Last month, the caucus sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking for "the humane treatment of all detained immigrant children" and demanding an immediate moratorium on deportations.
Members of the caucus, including state Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, Norma Torres, D-Pomona, and Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, and Assembly members Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, and Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, will visit a makeshift detention facility at the Ventura County Naval Base today to inspect the care immigrants are receiving. The tour begins at 1 p.m.
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ANOTHER DAY OLDER: Despite the summer recess for legislators, a few committee hearings are scheduled this month. State Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge, will preside over an informational hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care to discuss service delivery for older adults, 10 a.m. at the Glendale Central Library.
FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS: Is the combined power of three legislators enough to help dogs, cats and rabbits in the San Gabriel Valley find new homes? Assemblymen Ed Chau, D-Monterey Park, Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, and Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, team up with the Pasadena Humane Society for a pet adoption drive, starting at 9 a.m.
ROLLING IN THE DOUGH: The Sacramento Bee has updated its state worker salary database with 2013 payroll data from the University of California. UC employees comprised all of last year's top ten state salaries, most of which were athletic coaches at the Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses. Steve Alford, UCLA's head basketball coach, topped the list with $2.64 million. Former Cal football coach Jeff Tedford was second with $2.44 million. Tedford received a buyout last year after his firing at the end of the 2012 season.