SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Several California lawmakers denounce the Trump administration's practice of separating children from their parents at the border, calling the policy "inhumane" during a Monday floor debate on a resolution proclaiming World Refugee Day. Both Republicans and Democrats in the state Assembly used the debate to condemn the border policy before voting unanimously for a resolution expressing support for people forced to flee their homes.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials took center stage Monday in the growing uproar over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. "Papa! Papa!" a child is heard weeping in recording that was first reported by ProPublica and later obtained by The Associated Press. "We have an orchestra here," a man jokes in Spanish of the chorus of young cries.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Senate is supporting a bill aimed at promoting diversity in California's film and television industry. It now heads to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. The state awards $330 million per year in tax credits to selected movies and TV projects filmed in California. The legislation would newly require projects that apply for the credit to report diversity statistics to the state and designate a person to handle sexual misconduct claims.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Mexico President Vicente Fox, who calls himself a soldier in the global campaign to legalize marijuana, is joining the board of directors of cannabis publication High Times to advance his agenda. Speaking with The Associated Press about his views on cannabis and his new appointment, Fox said he foresees a day when a robust legal marketplace will produce new jobs and medicines while sharply reducing cartel violence in his home country.
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