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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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May 17, 2017

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Immigration issues are important to Alex Padilla. California’s Secretary of State once again paid a visit to Fresno to speak at the monthly naturalization ceremony held Tuesday (May 16) at Valdez Hall. Before his keynote address, Padilla spoke with GV Wire.

Padilla disagreed with a panel President Donald Trump created to investigate voter fraud in the 2016 election. “We take the issue of voter fraud very seriously,” Padilla said. “It is absolutely false what he (Trump) alleged that there is millions of illegal votes.” Padilla called the commission a distraction for Trump’s recent controversies involving Russia.

When asked if focusing on the president rather than California issues is best for the state, Padilla defended himself and fellow Democrats. “We are standing up for California.” Padilla said Californians should be offended over the repealing of the American Health Care Act and the roll back of environmental policies.

In front of an audience filled with hundreds of new Americans, Padilla told GV Wire that comprehensive immigration reform is needed. Asked if one day unauthorized aliens would be allowed to vote at any level, Padilla would not rule out such a proposition. “To deviate from that (not allowing non-citizens to vote) would require a constitutional amendment. We would respect whatever the California people say,” Padilla said.

As far as his own election plans, Padilla intends to seek re-election as Secretary of State. As for beyond that, Padilla says, “We’ll see what the future holds.”

 

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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