California Gov. Jerry Brown did not hide his disdain for GOP front-runner Donald Trump during a dinner for members of the California Labor Federation and State Building and Construction Trades Council of California on Monday.
During his speech, he pledged to the laughing crowd that, “I promise that if Trump were ever elected, we’d have to build a wall around California to defend ourselves from the rest of this country!”
He later clarified, “By the way that is a joke. We don’t like walls, we like bridges.”
California, as a state that borders Mexico, holds a high number of undocumented immigrants, and Brown has done his best as governor to address their concerns. According to the Sacramento Bee, he “has signed legislation granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants and [allowed] undocumented immigrant college students to receive public financial aid.”
He has also pushed for immigration reform on a federal level, although that has largely been unsuccessful.
Brown acknowledged the importance of young, immigrant workers to the economy of both California and the U.S.: “Some of these old white guys ought to recognize that the whole pension system would collapse if we didn’t have a bunch of young people coming into this country and into this state.”
When asked about Trump’s plans in an interview with Bloomberg in March, Brown said, “The idea that [Trump] is going to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it is absolutely preposterous and would create such tension with our closest neighbor…a dumber idea I couldn’t imagine.”
His opinion has definitely not wavered.
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