Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) listens during a news conference to discuss the rhetoric of presidential candidate Donald Trump, at the U.S. Capitol, May 11, 2016, in Washington, DC

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced last week that his office had reached a $102 million settlement with the British oil company BP. The lawsuit claimed that the company overcharged government facilities for almost a decade. This is not the only story putting Becerra in headlines. He’s also one of several attorneys general suing the Trump Administration over the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, a suit that got a boost last week when a judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s plan to end the program. We’ll check in with California’s top law enforcement officer.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Talks DACA, Taking on Trump 15 January,2018Michael Krasny

Guests:
Xavier Becerra, California attorney general; Formerly congressman representing the 34th congressional district

  • Kurt thialfad

    You’re not winning this lawsuit when it goes to the Supreme Court, so why even bother? But I’d love to watch Jeff Sessions and Xavirr Bavaria duke it out. Shades of William Jennings Bryan and

    • marte48

      sometimes it takes several tries.

  • jurgispilis

    Does the AG regard Trump as a racist? What is the basis for that assessment? How does Bacara define racism?

    • bbsteve

      Trump talks like a racist, acts like a racist, smells like a racist, his recent 2-yr history is replete with actions of bias towards minorities. The phase “I’m not a crook” comes to mind in listening to Trump defend his actions. Racism by definition: “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior”. Why don’t you defend the Trump history against his actions and this definition?

      • Curious

        Specifics, please.

        • marte48

          change the channel from Fox News once in a while.

          • Curious

            Got nothing, huh. Thought so.

          • bbsteve

            Spare it impatient trumpite! If you have such a hard-on for specifics, how about you take on the original premise and defend fact that Trump is not a racist; otherwise, hold your water.

          • Curious

            You made the claim. You must support it. Obviously, you cannot.

          • bbsteve

            typical empty trumpite response (laziness is the norm eh). Those that come most pointedly are: his first day in 2015 coming down the trump tower elevator, Charlottesville comments, the Muslim ban, Thursday’s choice comments, the Phoenix rally in 2017. There are many more examples that make trump’s comment “I’m not a racist” appear in the same vein as another potus “I’m not a crook”; it does not add up. Hope you are happy now.

          • Curious

            No. You need to be specific.

          • William – SF

            Granted most of what he says is nonsense and forgettable, but from the mouth of Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan:

            House Speaker Paul Ryan ripped Donald Trump’s recent remarks saying a judge presiding over a lawsuit involving his business was biased because of his Mexican heritage as “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”

            http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/07/politics/paul-ryan-donald-trump-racist-comment/index.html

          • Curious

            Except the comment was not racist.

          • utera

            Muslim ban was Obama’s ban. Even the sh**hole countries was undermined by the very fact that Trump had funded Rand Paul’s medical mission to provide surgical aid to the country long before he became president. The left is nothing but fake news at this point, late night comedians and comedy central cable “news” target the left exclusively now with their propaganda, and its not because you are smart.

          • Alo Moj

            Birtherism was clearly racist. Even after the birth certificate was shown, Trump made it look like one cannot be sure.

          • Curious

            So what does that have to do with race? Absolutely nothing.

          • Alo Moj

            Do you really think Trump or anybody else would have questioned Obama’s birth certificate if he was white?

          • Curious

            So questioning Trump’s mental condition is racist? Got it.

          • Curious

            Before the President Obama “birther” controversy and long before the Ted Cruz version, there was John McCain.

            Questions in 2008 about the presidential eligibility of McCain, who was born in the Panama Canal Zone to two American parents, were raised.

          • Alo Moj

            You are right, Trump is not really a racist. He just uses other people’s racism to further his own objectives. He probably sees everybody who does not live on a golf course as inferior and living in a “shithole”, regardless of color. Does that make him better or worse?

          • utera

            The derangement of the bay area liberal, Sorry but you lost the right to laugh at fox news long ago, your echo chamber is far more pervasive and grotesque in its shameless dishonesty.
            Now a man with jewish grand children is suddenly the most racist person in the world, a man who is little more than a business democrat, not much different from Bill Clinton really which makes the liberal hysteria all the more laughable.
            Especially as I watch your ilk now hugging George Bush as the Obama’s did, because “we’re all neo-cons now” lol
            The left is nothing but fake news and irrationality, how many times have you been wrong in the last 2 years, the pattern recognition simply doesn’t exist. The number of hate crime hoaxes is so extensive now that there is a 99.9% chance in every case that its just another shameless lie. Just the other day the infection spread to canada where a “hijab pull” on a little girl was claimed, and then debunked, because now you will even rope your children into your lies. You people keep screaming every ism under the sun, but you are simply proving the point that you are unfit to lead. As Hillary herself proved on the night of her defeat, what did she do when her followers were in grief? She hid like a coward, after whipping up hysteria and fear she hid. This is the perfect example of how your ability to judge character is simply nonexistent.
            We chose correctly, while a crass man, he has a good heart, and the country has objectively improved under his rule, while the left in their continued insanity has proved that they are unfit to rule.
            This nonsense over daca and the rest simply hammers home the case, a single state wishes to dictate immigration law and control over the borders for the rest of the nation. A state which virtue signals as if there were unlimited money when clearly there are so many in need, so many obligations left unfulfilled, all because the democrats wish to import voters at any cost to the rest of the citizens. Just look at the hidden crime wave, of the top cities when it comes to car theft, a good half of them are in california, and more specifically the bay area, the cops are so over whelmed they just do the paper work and tell you to look for your own car.
            The only thing the left can do at this point is spend spend spend, while bringing in more burdens, the party will end eventually and it will not be pretty when it does.
            And don’t talk about racism, because without racism you have nothing, the left needs racism to exist to justify its own existence, which is why hoaxes are so common, what doesn’t exist must be manufactured.
            And the most perverse part of it all is your ilks claim that you are open minded and wish for diversity, when its clear you can’t even get along with conservatives.

  • Bill_Woods

    “Bavaria”?! The tyranny of autocorrect?

  • Sanfordia113

    In consideration of California’s housing unit deficit (“the housing crisis”), how can any politician justify allowing millions of illegal aliens to hoard our housing while Americans are living under bridges and camping on sidewalks?

    • Sanfordia113

      Typical dodge by the AG. Nothing in my comment implied that illegal aliens are getting subsidized housing. Scott Weiner’s housing bill SB35 is primarily designed to pave over Parks to create market-rate housing. Illegal immigrants who get under-the-counter cash paychecks (not taxed) are out competing Americans in the housing market.

      • Curious

        Illegals do get subsidized housing. Recall Barry’s auntie?

      • fozzydabear

        I was listening to the show and thought the same thing! Nothing in your question reference government subsidized housing. I was disappointed Mr. Kranzy let him get away with such an obvious misdirecting response. Outside of renting, illegal immigrants can also qualify for so called ITIN mortgages that don’t required an SSN.

    • utera

      You are being replaced, that your children cannot afford homes to raise families in is no concern, the san francisco elite live in their cloistered neighborhoods and they need their maids and gardeners, their servants, the rest of us be damned.
      Most notably, californian cities have the highest rate of car theft in the nation, of the top 10, at least half are in california, and you can guess which cars are targeted, not the ones with enough security to deter thieves, no, they prey on the lower classes. The virtue signalling liberal class lives a life untouched by their reckless policy decisions.
      Supply and demand applies, most “progressive” talking points serve little more than to dilute the power of labor, whether through mass immigration, or even “women in tech”, the entire point is to drive down wages. After all, if there was a shortage of labor, why not let the demand rise until the incentives made it worth the while for more women to go into tech etc. They never answer, because they don’t care, the only concern is to mass import voters, and to drive down wages. The neo-liberal corporatist left now dominate the left, they are the only ones with any power, and they are dangerous to the long term well being of any country. They are the corporate raiders of yesteryear reborn, but this time they feast on the blood of the nation.

  • Curious

    Illegals are a huge drain on this country, both socially and economically, and must be deported.

    • marte48

      try getting your local restaurants to give up using Mexican labor, and check out who is building the McMansions in your neighborhood.

      • Curious

        Irrelevant. The employers get cheap labor, taxpayers get stuck with the bill.

      • utera

        Its always cute to see leftists use the very same reasoning Walmart would use to justify its corporate welfare. Wasn’t that long ago that the left actually realized that cheap labor is subsidized by the government through all the services to fill in the deficit of needs, from healthcare to even food, government programs ensured corporate profits would increase as they would not have to raise their labor costs.
        So now, democrats are back to the cry of “we need our slaves”, its incredible to see.
        Out of one side of the lefts mouth is the cry for massive increases in minimum wage, out the other is the claim we need illegals to work for peanuts to keep us happy. The left is an incoherent mess, and its just another reason people rightly judged the left have become unfit to lead.

  • Curious

    Why does Becerra support lawlessness?

  • Skip Conrad

    Why are California taxpayers paying $45 million of alien legal services? Isn’t this in violation of the 6th Amendment? Talk about “rule of law”.

    • marte48

      Since all Europeans are illegal aliens when seen from the perspective of the people who lived here for thousands of years, it’s very hypocritical to talk about the “rule of law.”

      • Curious

        What laws were broken?

        • Skip Conrad

          You heard how Xavier blatantly lied first denied any aliens were getting taxpayer-funded legal services, but then Krazny (bless his heart), brought up the LA TImes article, which confirmed Bacerra was lying. Wow, catching a sleazy politician with his hand in the cookie jar. Wow!

      • Skip Conrad

        “(A) the alien shall have the privilege of being represented, at no expense to the Government, by counsel of the alien’s
        choosing who is authorized to practice in such proceedings..”
        8 USC 1229a: Removal proceedings
        http://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=(title:8 section:1229a edition:prelim)

      • utera

        And because the native americans massacred each other, we could justify it again right? Going further, this is the ultimate problem with the left, you have become pure nihilism at this point, the core of your belief is that we do not deserve to exist, which justifies your every move to destroy the west because you believe it to be illegitimate, and that is why you are so dangerous.
        We see this infect even europe, where people who fought the actual nazi’s now suffer from such guilt that they are destroying themselves. All your dreams of sweden, your socialist heaven are self destructing at this point. This is the end result of the lefts embrace of nihilism and sterility, and its why the left is now dangerous to any society which wishes to last into the next century.
        And I’ve yet to see one of these people follow through on their beliefs and actually go home, you are all invaders, so go away. But all we see are hollywood celebs who won’t even follow through on their threats to move to even canada.
        A city which can’t even house its homeless, now demands a flood of dependents to burden the rest, don’t even talk about hypocrisy, the left is pure hypocrisy at this point. White liberals hiding in San Francisco, a moat between them and the black people in Oakland, how convenient, and to prove you really don’t think “black lives matter”, redirect all funds to illegals instead, because people who have been here for hundreds of years and have endured slavery are a lower priority than foreigners who hop borders you refuse to enforce. This is the “progressive” left now, a total clown show. The hunger games got one thing right, the elite become absurd people, and this is demonstrated perfectly in san francisco.

  • marte48

    I often refer to California as “my country” and your wonderful guest reminds me why.

  • 1PeterDuMont2STARALLIANCE8

    Mr. Attorney General: Thank you very much for your straightforward response re what is needed to provide all Californians with a guarantee of legal representation under civil law. So we need: 1) a new California statute; 2) a way to pay for it.

    I would like to offer a line of thinking based largely on personal experience: I believe that providing such a guarantee would soon pay for itself, because it is injustice that really costs the taxpayers more in the long run than paying to prevent it, and to restore justice; both of which protect productivity.

  • bbsteve

    I completely agree with the DEM/Bacerra premise for (their) agreeing to a budget bill; this seems the ONLY way to get any attention from the GOP. However, it is hypocrisy to suggest the the GOP agenda for the budget is any more or less relevant to the budget than the DEM agenda. Of course not! But when was the last time that any aspect of Congress/Executive process or our constitutional framework, require that any bill must only be about that specific bill. Again, of course not! The GOP proved this last December and time and time again. The DEMs have plenty of examples too – every year.

    Please let’s call it all what it is, not that the GOP are pushing unrelated agenda but not the DEMs. Every politician and party are pushing an agenda that uses the required budget vs. shutdown as a tool to action on other items. Having said I hope the result is shutdown this government, if the GOP and Trump cannot keep their word about DACA and to the Dreamers. The budget and shutdown also must be held for rectifying the horrid plight of the 200,000 immigrants that have lived here for 15 plus years (Salvadorans) and only know the United States as home now.

    • Curious

      “200,000 immigrants that have lived here for 15 plus years (Salvadorans) and only know the United States as home now.”

      What utter nonsense! Millions of illegals flood into this country every year despite not ever having lived here.

      What don’t you understand about temporary?

  • Alo Moj

    We do need a discussion about immigration and also about refugee programs.
    There are people we should accept because it will be good for the US.
    There are people we should accept because they desperately need help and it is just the right thing to do. (Besides, the US policies have helped destabilize countries like El Salvador).
    Obviously there are limits and an organized process is better than illegal (desperate) border crossings.
    Removing people who have lived and worked here for 20+ years is cruel and breaks up families. It makes no sense.
    Reasonable people really need to sit down and figure out a humane, sensible compromise. I am not sure that the current GOP and Trump are of the right mindset and philosophy for this since they seem to be obsessed with keeping America “white”.

  • Curious

    An illegal alien accused of murdering two California police officers told the courtroom during his trial Tuesday that he “wished” he had killed more officers.

    “I wish I had killed more of the motherf*ckers,” the illegal alien said, according to the video.

    “I will break out soon, and I will kill more, kill whoever gets in front of me. … There’s no need for a f*cking trial,” the illegal alien said as he flashed a grin.

    Luis Bracamontes, 37, of Mexico allegedly shot and killed Sacramento-area sheriff’s deputies in 2014 and admitted to the crime in several court appearances.

    He is also accused of shooting a driver in the head to steal his vehicle and wounding another deputy.

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Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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