Immigrant advocates blast Brown vetoes in Calif.
- October 3, 2012
- Louis DeSipio, Chicano/Latino studies and political science associate professor, is quoted by Businessweek, AP and Gettysburg Times October 2, 2012
Brown also took a mixed approach on other immigration-related bills. He signed a measure that aims to keep families together when a parent faces deportation and vetoed a bill to strengthen regulations requiring growers to protect farmworkers from extreme heat. Louis DeSipio, a political science professor at University of California, Irvine, said making these decisions on deadline is a sign the bills were among the tougher issues Brown faced in a state where immigration has, at times, played a critical role in politicians' fate. He cited former Gov. Gray Davis, who saw a recall effort spurred after he supported driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. "He hasn't been a strong immigrant advocate," DeSipio said of Brown, but added that perception could change if he works with advocates on revamping the TRUST Act. If not, he questioned how Brown might fare among Latinos in a future election. "Would he have that same level of Latino support should he run for re-election?" DeSipio said. "I don't think so."
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