Press Release

Majority Leader Gonzalez Issues Statement on President Biden’s Executive Order Limiting Asylum on the US-Mexico Border

Sacramento, Calif. – Majority Leader Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) released the following statement on President Biden’s executive order limiting asylum on the US-Mexico border:

“Our immigration system is broken, and it has been for many years. While I understand the President's desire to tackle this issue in light of Congress's inaction, it is imperative to adopt a comprehensive approach that does not unfairly impact individuals seeking asylum. Many individuals fear retribution if forced to return to their home countries. We need a humane and effective asylum law, increased funding to process applications, a clear pathway for our undocumented students, all this and more to uphold our values as a sanctuary for those seeking a better life. 

“Comprehensive immigration reform is long overdue. During this time, our state has taken the lead on immigration policies and initiatives that foster a welcoming environment for immigrants and I remain committed to fighting for the rights of our immigrant communities.”


Majority Leader Gonzalez represents the 33rd Senate District, which encompasses the City of Long Beach and portions of South Los Angeles and Southeast Los Angeles, including the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lakewood, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, Signal Hill, and South Gate. In the Senate, she advocates for working families and champions various priorities, such as fighting for a clean environment, digital equity, LGBTQ+ and women's rights, and the economic prosperity of small businesses. Her landmark legislative achievements include bills enacted to end neighborhood oil drilling, provide broadband for all, and expand paid sick leave. Majority Leader Gonzalez also serves as Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. She lives in Long Beach with her family.