California Governor Jerry Brown stood in symbolic and literal solidarity with Obama on the front lawn of the White House Friday as he slammed the GOP, even calling members un-Christian over opposition to the President’s executive actions that would give effective amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.
Republican opposition “at best is troglodyte and at worst is un-Christian,” Brown said, according to the Los Angeles Times. He went on to propagate the claim that the stance would hurt Republicans in future elections, saying, “They’re declaring war with millions of people, not just those who are undocumented, but those who sympathize with them.”
Shortly after a Texas judge blocked President Obama’s executive action on immigration in February, Brown declared, “California stands firmly with the White House. Further delay will not fix our broken immigration system.”
Thursday “California filed a friend-of-the-court brief with 13 other states and the District of Columbia in support of the U.S. government’s emergency request that President Obama’s immigration executive actions be allowed to move forward,” read a Friday release leading up to the Governor’s Friday proclamation.
Last August, while introducing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto during a California tour, Brown declared to all immigrants, regardless of legal status, “You’re all welcome in California.” He told the room that “it didn’t matter if they had permission to be in the United States.”
Last Friday, Brown also met with White House, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials regarding climate change, water and healthcare. Saturday evening he reportedly attended the “Gridiron Dinner” as a guest of the Washington Post.
Brown is considered an unlikely, but still possible, candidate for President in 2016.
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