By Samantha Schmidt (Excerpted) –
When Xavier Becerra’s father was a young man in California, restaurants barred people like him. Businesses would post signs with the words “No dogs or Mexicans allowed.”
Born in the United States but raised in Tijuana, Mexico, Manuel Becerra left school around sixth grade, crossing the border with his relatives to find work picking crops in the fields of California. Over the years, he toiled away in sweaty construction and railroad jobs, hauling trash or canning tomatoes for Campbell’s soup during the winters. Becerra’s mother, Maria, married Manuel Becerra and came to the United States from Guadalajara, Mexico, when she was 18. She became a clerical worker and gave birth to four children.
These are the parents who raised an ambitious politician who became a leader in the U.S. House of Representatives and then, last year, attorney general of California. And these are the kind of people that Xavier Becerra feels are threatened by the actions of the Trump administration.
In just over a year as attorney general, Becerra has become a leader of the California resistance, the legal brain behind the state’s fight against the president’s policies on health care, the environment and most significantly, immigration. For Becerra, the son of immigrants and the state’s first Latino attorney general, this fight is both political and personal.