SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria), chair of the Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus, released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s executive action regarding immigration:
“After years of inaction by Congress, President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration reform is a fair and compassionate first step in fixing our broken immigration system. 1.3 million undocumented Asian Pacific Islander Americans live in the United States today, and of those, at least 416,000 undocumented APIAs live in California. With the successful implementation of our state’s DREAM Act and TRUST Act, California has shown the nation once again that we can include and care for all of our immigrant populations. But at the end of the day, state legislation and executive actions are merely a band-aid to this issue. Congress needs to step up and pass true comprehensive immigration reform to provide relief for families living in the shadows.”
The API Legislative Caucus, currently chaired by Assemblymember Das Williams, was established in 2001 with the mission of representing and advocating for the diverse interests of California’s API community. Additionally, the Caucus seeks to increase API participation and representation in all levels of government. For more information, please go to http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/apilegcaucus/.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a time to remind us that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States.
According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer kills more than 160,000 people yearly, more than breast, prostrate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined.
The Great American Smokeout is November 20, 2014. On this day, you are invited to design a plan for yourself, or a loved one who smokes, to quit smoking or make a vow to quit for the day.
Tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of disease and early death in this country. I challenge you to take an important step toward a longer, healthier life.
For more information about lung cancer, screenings and treatments, visit the Lung Cancer
Alliance website or call 1-800-298-2436.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria) released the following statement regarding the proposed tuition and student fee increases at the University of California (UC) of up to 5% annually for both undergraduate and graduate students.
I strongly oppose the fee increase proposed by President Napolitano, and instead I urge the Governor to meet with the UC President, and legislative leaders to negotiate adequate funding for the UC. The prosperity of our state depends on qualified and prepared individuals in our workforce; students alone should not have to carry the financial burden of their education. In order for UC to provide affordable, high-quality education to all students who have earned their spot, we must provide the UC adequate financial resources. I have seen unprecedented solidary in my meetings with students, faculty, and staff in working toward increased funding from the state. I stand with them and will continue to push the Governor and the Legislature to increase funding to our higher education segments. Ongoing funding for higher education needs to be prioritized. We should not be forced to choose between increased fees and reduced quality or access.
SANTA BARBARA– Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D – Santa Barbara), incoming Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, organized a roundtable discussion on strengthening education and prevention programs, improving the handling of sexual assault complaints, and expanding resources for survivors at UC Santa Barbara.
PIRU – Assemblymember Williams (D-Carpinteria) today announced that Apple has chosen Piru Elementary School as one of the schools that will receive access to digital learning resources and opportunities to use powerful tools to solve real problems as an integral part of their learning experience under the ConnectED initiative.
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Williams (D-Carpinteria) announced that the California Student Aid Commission awarded over $17,319,000 in Cal Grants to 4,355 students in his district.
"In our current environment where the cost of college continues to skyrocket and funding for higher education is increasingly difficult to secure, opportunities like this to help students reach their goals are vital," Assemblymember Williams said.