California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday delivered a blunt message to the Republicans he blames for the countrys dysfunctional immigration system. I think its time to just chill, recognize the fact that theyre here, Brown said of the countrys undocumented immigrants.
With all the other talk and noise about the border, the fact is America has 10 to 11 million people that are here, he continued. And theyre human beings, they have families, its very important that they be integrated in a humane, intelligent way.
Speaking to reporters at the National Press Club, part of a brief visit to the nations capital, Brown lamented how the immigration debate has become an inflammatory football that very low-life politicians like to exploit. And I think its shocking, its despicable and its harmful to California, mostly to the people.
It would be hard to interpret Browns comment as anything other than a swipe at President Trump, who has made illegal immigration a focal point of his run to the White House and has sparred with California repeatedly over the states immigration policies.
If Trump wants to round em up like some totalitarian government and ship them out, then say that, the governor said. But he doesnt say that because the American people will repudiate him and the party.
But Brown also emphasized that its Congress, not the president, that is truly to blame for the current dysfunction. Everyone wants to talk about Trump but the Republicans in Congress are the guilty party, they make laws. The other fella is supposed to execute them.
I substantially modified the original provisions, Brown noted. Were going to have some court lawsuits and maybe theyll further delineate it.