Connect with us


Cox Talks Immigration Fixes & Clark Shooting in Fresno Stop



Share with friends

Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox dropped in Fresno on Tuesday (April 3), praising cities and counties that have fought back against California’s sanctuary state law (SB 54).

“The passage of this sanctuary state — and the enforcement of it — has resulted in Californians feeling less safe,” Cox said. “(The) law enforcement officials that they rely on to keep the peace and security of their neighborhoods are not working together.”

But, he stopped short of advocating that officials in Fresno do the same.

“I think (Central Valley communities) should be allowed to carry out their deliberations and do what they need to do about their communities without interference from me directly. I’m here to support them …adhering to federal rules and opposing sanctuary state status,” Cox said.

No other city our county elected officials stood by Cox during his 30-minute period with the media.

Looking for Immigration Solution

In a media conference in front of the Robert E. Coyle Federal Courthouse, organized by the Fresno County Republicans, Cox talked about his support for legal immigration.

“I think we need to get a solution. I would like to have a comprehensive solution. A lot of people would,” Cox said.

Cox mentioned the case of homicide victim Kate Steinle as an example of illegal immigrants posing a danger to the community.

He advocated for better enforcement of the E-Verify program. He also cited a border wall, tunnel detection and visa overstay enforcement as potential fixes. He said people in the fields are not criminals and not causing danger to the communities.

Cox blamed Democrats for not cooperating with the Trump Administration to solve the immigration problem.

Two women, holding “Travis Allen for Governor” signs, heckled Cox during his speech. Cox largely ignored the supporters of his fellow Republican running for governor.

Thoughts on Clark Shooting

When asked about the Stephon Clark shooting in Sacramento, Cox called it a tragedy.

“It ought to be a goal to reduce crime. It also ought to be a goal to foster respect for the police. They have a tough job to do. They need to have the respect of the community. They also need to earn that respect too. I think better training in that regard is a good thing too,” Cox said.

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