State of Resistance

What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America's Future

“Concise, clear, and convincing.” —James Fallows, New York Times Book Review

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Why California Will Save America From Donald Trump’s ‘Dog Whistle’ Immigration Policies

by Manuel Pastor


The images of screaming children were searing, the cries unforgettable.

In June, as the public reeled from around-the-clock coverage of the Trump administration’s systemic separation of immigrant families, the president dug in. “They could be murderers and thieves and so much else,” Trump said of those crossing the border. “We want a safe country, and it starts with the borders, and that’s the way it is.”

As the criticism mounted, he accused Democrats of wanting migrants to “infest our Country.” And even after signing an executive order to end the controversial separations, he remained defiant. At a White House press conference, the president stood with family members of people killed by undocumented immigrants—or, as Trump called them, “the American citizens permanently separated from their loved ones.”