Judy In The News
Getting a major new immigration initiative up and running in less than two months is a challenge. But much of the policy will be built on an existing program. Chu confirmed reports that the president would be expanding DACA to adults with the overarching goal making sure “that it is felons deported, not families.” Altogether, an estimated 4 million to 5 million people could be affected, Chu said.
Obama “was very serious about his commitment to immigration reform,” Chu said after the dinner, where attendees ate fennel salad and a beef main course. “He said that there were those that said he should wait until after the budget bill … but he just felt that he owed it to all of those who have been waiting all this time to do something.”
“Basically, giving them a way to earn their legal status,” Chu said, noting that the change could affect nearly 4 million people already living in the United States. “It’s not a green card, but they can get a work permit.”
Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), who chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and attended Wednesday night’s dinner, said the president “was very clear on the fact that we have to do this now and remain strong through this process.”
Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) introduced a bill this year to turn the 655,000-acre range into a National Recreation Area, which would bring in National Park Service oversight, money and a new emphasis on conservation and recreation. Chu's bill is the better way to protect the mountains, but with Congress deadlocked, it has stalled. So she has asked President Obama to use his executive power to designate the San Gabriel Mountains a national monument.
The proposals to bring them additional protections beyond the national forest status that they have began 11 years ago through the offices of Hilda Solis, then the member of Congress for the central San Gabriel Valley. They have continued under Rep. Judy Chu, D-Pasadena, who has sought the status of National Recreation Area for the mountains and a region downstream along the San Gabriel River banks.
The purpose, organizers said, was to remind members of Congress about the economic value of U.S. entertainment industry workers at a time when lawmakers are reviewing ways to strengthen copyright protections for content owners. The motion picture and television industry supports nearly 2 million workers and annually contributes $41 billion to over 300,000 businesses, according to the MPAA. "We wanted to be able to highlight the number of jobs the entertainment industry supports," said Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park), co-chair of the Creative Rights Caucus with Rep. Howard Coble (...
Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and 34 other members of California’s congressional delegation are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign legislation that would expand the state’s film and TV incentive program to $400 million in tax credits per year.
Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) said she is “encouraged” by the process and hopes it can lead to protections against online piracy for creators. “Voluntary agreements are one of the strongest vehicles we have to effect real change in reducing digital theft,” she said in a statement. “The fact is, ‘take down’ should mean ‘stay down.’ But right now, the creative community — particularly smaller, individual artists — is being forced to fight for the copyright protections that are rightfully theirs.”
This week, the House Judiciary subcommittee on Intellectual Property will examine the “Notice and Takedown” process, and to us, it is clear that a very hard look is necessary. The DMCA was passed in 1998 when the Internet was still very much in its infancy. It was supposed to make things easier for all stakeholders by creating an ecosystem that protects creative works and promotes their dissemination, while also providing safe harbors for the Internet companies that play by the rules. Instead, the ecosystem has become imbalanced, as search engines appear to be turning a blind eye to the...