(SACRAMENTO) â€“ Today, House Resolution 51 by Majority Leader V. Manuel PÃ©rez calling for the humane treatment of the displaced Central American children seeking refuge in California was approved on the Assembly Floor.
â€œIn putting forward this resolution, my intention has been to spur compassion and a sense of responsibility toward people caught up in a desperate situation not of their making,â€ explained PÃ©rez.
â€œAt the same time, in the absence of federal immigration reform to guide our response, this resolution makes an affirmative statement that we as a state must uphold a basic standard of fair treatment, ensuring these displaced children have access to due process protections under the law.â€
HR 51 states that Californians have a civic responsibility toward the immigrants seeking refuge in the United States and to ensure that they are afforded due process and protection under the law.
It also makes a number of declarations, calling for state and federal efforts to promote stability, economic development, education, and the rule of law in these sending countries as a means to improve public safety and curtail mass migration.
The resolution passed on a voice vote earlier today. It now advances to the Secretary of State for chaptering.
Last month, PÃ©rez travelled with five other legislators to the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Panama, where they discussed immigration, among a number of issues.
Following that, PÃ©rez was in Mexico City with Governor Brown and other legislators on a trade and investment mission, also discussing immigration policy and border infrastructure.
PÃ©rez has also toured border patrol facilities in Imperial County where many of the displaced families were held when they were re-routed from Murrieta after federal transports were blocked by protestors.
Since October 2013, more than 52,000 children traveling from Central America have been apprehended at the Mexico-United States border. It is anticipated that a total of 90,000 children will be detained at the border by the end of September of 2014.