Press Releases

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

(Sacramento, CA) – In response to the millions of unemployed Californians struggling to get ahold of California’s Employment Development Department (EDD), Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) joined Assembly Member David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and more than fifty other legislators to urge dramatic reforms to the state’s failing EDD system.

“Thousands of Californians are sick and tired of waiting for their unemployment checks,” said Assembly Member Santiago. “We can no longer accept the fact that, in the world’s fifth largest economy, individuals and families are going months without receiving any income during a pandemic. People are jobless, without savings, and nearing desperation. We must do better, which is why we are demanding that California’s EDD system do more to meet the needs of Californians.”

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Senator Schumer and Representative McCarthy:

We respectfully request that you extend the expiration date of the additional $600 per week allocated to individuals receiving unemployment insurance to January 31, 2021. This extra $600 per week in addition to regular unemployment benefits is desperately needed given the recession our country is facing due to COVID-19.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Sacramento, CA – On the heels of today’s decision by the United State Supreme Court to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement:

“The DREAM Act is a golden ticket for so many undocumented youth. Seeking family, refuge, or a chance at a better life, our undocumented community has an inseparable part of our society,” said Assembly Member Santiago. “I commend the U.S. Supreme Court for rejecting Trump’s threat to strip away a critical lifeline for millions of young immigrants. We will not cower in the face of bigoted rhetoric and fear mongering. We will continue to fight for every immigrant’s existence in this country because that is what makes this nation great.”

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

For years, law enforcement departments across the country have used the controversial carotid artery restraint technique to forcibly subdue and detain suspects, despite its troubled history. 

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, California Assembly Member Mike A. Gipson has introduced AB 1196, which would make it illegal for police officers to continue to employ this tactic.

“This bill is important because it calls for the elimination of carotid artery restraint by law enforcement, a practice that is not meant to be fatal but has proven fatal far too many times,” said Assembly Member Miguel Santiago, who has joined Gipson and other state leaders in announcing the legislation.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Package of legislation aims reduce homelessness and ensure funds are used efficiently 

(Sacramento, CA) – A package of bills proposed by California lawmakers to tackle California’s homelessness crisis passed the California State Assembly this week. The proposals aim to establish aggressive new strategies, ensure accountability, and increase funding to address homelessness.

On any given night, more than 150,000 Californians experience homelessness, and the state has the highest rate of unsheltered homeless individuals in the nation. Even as people are housed, more are falling into homelessness. In Los Angeles County, for every 133 people housed, 150 fall into homelessness. In Oakland, for one person housed, two more become homeless. In San Francisco, for every one person housed, three become homeless.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

(Sacramento, CA) – As a joint-author of Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 5, which will reinstate affirmative action and equal opportunity programs in the state of California, Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement after the measure passed the Assembly floor today:

"We are in desperate times. Communities of color are in the middle of a depression and income inequality gets worse every day,” said Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles). “Proposition 209, California's affirmative action ban, has left a catastrophic legacy in California ripe for these tragedies to unfold. Although we are the wealthiest and most diverse state in the nation, communities of color and women remain woefully underrepresented in our public institutions. With the passage of ACA 5, we are a step closer to reversing the racist and neglectful policies of the past. As we move forward through these perilous times, we must stand together to bring our communities equal opportunity by repealing Proposition 209 once and for all."