Attorney General, Eric Holder has been recruited by California’s Democratic state leadership to lock horns with Donald Trump and Republican-controlled Congress.
Given the new political landscape, it is believed that changes to health, immigration, education, civil rights, and climate change are on the horizon for California.
Holder was attorney general to President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2015 and was the first black person to hold the position. He said in a statement, “I am honored, that the legislature chose Covington to serve as its legal advisor as it considers how to respond to potential changes in federal law that could impact California’s residents and policy priorities. I am confident that our expertise across a wide array of federal legal and regulatory issues will be a great resource to the legislature.”
Holder defended constitutional challenges to the 2010 Affordable Care Act better known as Obamacare. He is expected to work closely with Rep. Xavier Becerra who is expected to become the next attorney general. California is Democrat controlled and Governor Jerry Brown is a Democrat.
One of the biggest expected battles will be on immigration where it is expected that any deportation efforts by Congress or Trump will be met with fierce resistance from the state. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DCDA) program is another policy that the Republicans want to reverse. It allows undocumented immigrant children that were brought to the U.S a right to stay and work legally.
Around 200,000 Californians qualify for DCDA.
California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, said in a joint statement, “With the upcoming change in administrations, we expect that there will be extraordinary challenges for California in the uncertain times ahead.”
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political analyst and political science professor at the University of Southern California have described the political landscape as, “It’s going to be California versus Donald Trump quite frankly, from the state level on up.”