Aanestad assails Democrats for supporting ‘Day Without Immigrants’ | TheUnion.com

Aanestad assails Democrats for supporting ‘Day Without Immigrants’

Sen. Sam Aanestad had some harsh words for Senate Democrats, who voted last Friday to shut down the state Legislature in support of Monday’s national immigration boycott.

Aanestad, R-Grass Valley, says California faces many challenges that require serious attention by lawmakers.

“We would love to have our Democrat colleagues here to open up the committees and the Senate Chamber and get some work done, but they’re missing,” said Aanestad. “They’re still collecting their pay, but they’re not here.”

Without a single Republican vote, Senate Democrats last week approved a controversial resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution 113, expressing their support for Monday’s “Great American Boycott.”

Aanestad chastised Democrats for urging Californians to boycott businesses and schools on Monday, arguing that this irresponsible action will hurt our economy and threaten our children’s educational preparation.

“We should celebrate the contributions of immigrants to America, but today’s protest is about illegal immigration and we should not be celebrating something like that,” Aanestad said. “We should be denouncing that and finding a solution to that problem on the Senate floor, but Democrats aren’t here.”

– The Union staff

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