Born on January 26, 1958 in Sacramento, California, Xavier Becerra earned a BA in economics from Stanford University in 1980 and a JD from Stanford Law School in 1984. During his time at Stanford, he was a member of the radical Chicano organization MEChA. After completing his education, Becerra served as a staff attorney for the Legal Assistance Corporation of …
Born on January 26, 1958 in Sacramento, California, Xavier Becerra earned a BA in economics from Stanford University in 1980 and a JD from Stanford Law School in 1984. During his time at Stanford, he was a member of the radical Chicano organization MEChA. After completing his education, Becerra served as a staff attorney for the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts (1984-85); a staffer for California state senator Art Torres (1986); deputy attorney general for the State of California (1987-90); and a Democratic member of the California State Assembly (1990-92). Becerra was first voted into the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992, representing California’s 30th Congressional District. He was re-elected every two years thereafter—up to, and including, 2016, though his district was renumbered as the 31st in 2003 and the 34th in 2013. (His 1996 campaign was endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America.) Becerra was also a member of the the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
In October 2002 Becerra supported the Chicano Coalition for Peace and Social Justice, a group that had been infiltrated by the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). In 2005 he joined Raul Grijalva and Luis Gutierrez in backing the efforts of Latinos for Peace, an anti-Iraq War front group for the CPUSA. That same year, Becerra co-sponsored Rep. John Conyers‘s HR 676, a bill calling for the creation of a government-run, “single-payer” healthcare system.
In August 2008 Becerra was named as a member of the Barack Obama presidential campaign’s National Latino Advisory Council, along with such notables as Raul Grijalva, Luis Gutierrez, Eliseo Medina, Linda Sanchez, Hilda Solis, and Nydia Velazquez.
When the House of Representatives voted by a 345-75 margin to defund the notoriously corrupt community organization ACORN in September 2009, Becerra was one of the 75—all Democrats—who voted to continue funding the group.
In Febrary 2010, Rep. Becerra dispatched one of his staffers, Henry Truong, to conduct a three-day “fact-finding trip in Venezuela and other Latin American countries with the mission of fostering dialogue and improving U.S. policy and bilateral relations.” The trip’s $2,219.70 price tag was covered by a grant from the Center for Democracy in the Americas, an organization with ties to the Institute for Policy Studies.
In June 2010 Becerra spoke at “America’s Future Now!”—an annual conference hosted by the Campaign for America’s Future and the the Institute for Policy Studies.
In August 2010 Becerra met with a delegation from the the Muslim Public Affairs Council, including the organization’s executive director, Salam Al-Marayati. Becerra began the meeting by professing his keen interest in Muslim concerns vis-à-vis the recent controversy related to the proposed construction of “Cordoba House” (a.k.a. “Park 51”)—a 13-story, $100 million mosque/Islamic Center just 600 feet from Ground Zero in lower Manhattan.
Becerra was one of 15 congressional co-sponsors of the America Votes Act of 2012, which sought—on the twin premises that Voter ID laws are racist and voter fraud is exceedingly rare—to allow voters to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity if they lacked the identification documents required at their polling place. Among the other sponsors of this bill were Reps. Mike Honda, Emanuel Cleaver, Gwen Moore, G.K. Butterfield, James Moran, Gregory Meeks, Donna Edwards, Bob Filner, Elijah Cummings, John Lewis, and Sam Farr.
In early 2013, Becerra was one of a number of prominent leftists who urged President Obama to award, posthumously, the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the late Fred Ross Sr., a Saul Alinsky-trained radical who mentored both Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.
In July 2015 Becerra condemned House Republican legislation proposing to cut off federal funds to so-called “sanctuary cities” that refused to help federal authorities enforce U.S. immigration laws. He asserted that the Republican bill “simply denies the cities and towns their dollars to hire police officers while attacking immigrant communities.”
Regarding a horrific July 1, 2015 incident where a 32-year-old San Francisco woman was murdered by an illegal alien who had been previously deported five times, Becerra denied that the city’s sanctuary policies had contributed in any way to the victim’s death. “I don’t believe having a sanctuary designation stops us from following the due course of the law to arrest or detain or deport an individual who doesn’t have the right to be in the country,” he said. “So I don’t believe we should be trying to ascribe blame based on a designation as a sanctuary city. Congress has a huge role to play. The first and foremost thing we can do is finally fix these broken imagination laws so we can get past this kind of stuff.”
After California Attorney General Kamala Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2016, Governor Jerry Brown chose Becerra to replace Harris as the state’s A.G. He was sworn in to that office on January 24, 2017.
In late 2016/early 2017, it was learned that Information Technology specialist Imran Awan — who had done IT work for numerous Democrats and was now suspected of being a Pakistani spy — had routed sensitive data from House Democrat computers to a secret server connected to the House Democratic Caucus, an organization chaired by Becerra. When police requested a copy of that server in early 2017, Becerra provided them with a fake server.
In a December 2017 press conference, Becerra said the following about the many young illegal aliens — commonly dubbed “Dreamers” — who fit the guidelines of DREAM Act legislation proposing amnesty and a path-to-citizenship for those aliens: “I suspect in the revolutionary days the founders were looking for people like them [Dreamers] to join their fight. They’re — I might get deleted here — badass. There are some politicians who need a little bit of a spine like they have.”
In response to rumors of impending Immigration & Custom Enforcement raids slated for California, Becerra held a press conference on January 18, 2018 in which he reminded Californians about the recently enacted Immigration Worker Protection Act, a state law that: (a) required employers to ask immigration officials for a warrant before permitting them to enter work sites, and (b) barred employers from sharing confidential employee information without a subpoena. Warning that employers who violated the new law would face fines of up to $10,000, and that ignorance of the law would not be accepted as an excuse, Becerra said: “It’s important … to let people know—more specifically today, employers—that if they voluntarily start giving up information about their employees or access to their employees in ways that contradict our new California laws, they subject themselves to actions by my office. We will prosecute those who violate the law.”
By October 2018, Becerra had filed 44 lawsuits against the Trump administration on matters related to immigration, healthcare, energy, and the environment. More than 20 of those were suits designed to prevent Trump from terminating Obama-era energy and environment policies — including one suit that cited environmental concerns as a justification for barring the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In November 2018, Becerra said he was considering the possibility of suing the Trump administration for using tear gas and other forceful measures to repel a large group of Central American migrants who had recently tried to storm across America’s southern border illegally.
In April 2019, Becerra called Thursday for illegal migration to be decriminalized, saying that those crossing the southern border were “not criminals.” “They haven’t committed a crime against someone, and they are not acting violently or in a way that’s harmful to people,” he told the Huffington Post. “And I would argue they are not harming people indirectly either.” “If you call them criminals, it’s a lot easier to get people to turn against them than if you call them undocumented immigrants,” Becerra added.
For details about Becerra’s overall voting record during his tenure as a legislator, click here.
Further Reading: “Xavier Becerra” (Ballotpedia.org, Votesmart.org, Keywiki.org); “The Brown-Becerra Axis for Illegals” (by Lloyd Billingsley, 12-6-2016); “Democratic Members of Congress Introduce America Votes Act of 2012 to Combat Voter Suppression Efforts” (9-18-2012); “Dem Rep: Congress to Blame, Not Sanctuary Cities, for San Francisco Murder” (Breitbart.com, 7-8-2015); “DWS IT Guy Was Banned From House After Trying To Hide Secret Server” (Daily Caller, 9-12-2017); “California’s Top Lawyer Says ‘DREAMERS’ Are ‘Badass’” (Daily Caller, 12-6-2017); “State AG Bans Employer-ICE Cooperation” (Alumni.Berkeley.edu, 2-7-2018).
- “Chicano Coalition for Peace and Social Justice” (Keywiki.org); “Latinos for Peace March in Washington” (Political Affairs, 10-4-2005); “Communists Lead “Occupy Los Angeles” Movement – Nationwide Takeover Planned” (by Trevor Loudon, 10-10-2011).
- “California’s Lawsuits Against Trump Administration Are Adding Up” (Daily Caller, 10-4-2018); “California Has Sued the Trump Administration 38 Times. Here’s a Look at the Legal Challenges” (Daily Caller, 7-22-2018); “California AG Sues Trump for Dinging Obama’s Fracking Rule” (Daily Caller, 1-24-2018); Democrats Will Use U.S. Climate Report Against Trump in Court” (Daily Caller, 11-29-2018); “California Floats Threat of Suing Trump for Protecting Border with Force” (Daily Caller, 11-29-2018).