The Buzz: Obama comes to California to push immigration bill

11/25/2013 12:00 AM

11/24/2013 11:11 PM

Obama to push immigration changes today in S.F. speech

President Barack Obama will press his case for immigration law changes in a speech today in San Francisco.

Obama is pushing ahead on immigration despite resistance in the House of Representatives and the distraction of his bungled rollout of the federal health care overhaul.

The U.S. Senate in June approved legislation that would fund increased border security and create a guest-worker program and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But the measure is stalled in the House, with many Republicans resistant.

Obama, speaking in Washington on Tuesday, said he is “actually optimistic that we’re going to get this done.”

The president will be in San Francisco for a previously announced fundraiser at the SFJazz Center. The Bay Area has been a lucrative fundraising spot for Obama, and he is likely to find the state receptive to his immigration views. Business groups here have called on Republicans to vote on the Senate plan.

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature, meanwhile, have enacted laws allowing undocumented immigrants to receive college financial aid and driver’s licenses.

– David Siders

Bill watch

Sens. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, and Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, last week said they will push a bill next year to require toy guns to be painted a bright color to make them distinguishable from lethal weapons. Fueling the push is the October shooting of a 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy who was carrying a toy gun that a sheriff’s deputy mistook for an actual AK-47. A similar de León bill died in the Assembly Public Safety Committee in 2011.

– Bee Capitol Bureau

Worth repeating

“Instead of working with concerned legislators, they attack them as sellouts or, worse, corrupt.”

Sen. Kevin de León, Los Angeles Democrat, in the San Jose Mercury News, referring to advocates of a ban on plastic bags. De León opposed the ban, but says he supports one that protects workers’ jobs.

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