Report: California Dems Visit Texas Despite Their Own Travel Ban

Despite California’s travel ban prohibiting state officials from visiting states it claims are discriminatory against LGBT individuals, two openly gay Golden State Democrats reportedly traveled to Texas – one of the prohibited destinations.

According to The Los Angeles Times, “California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Thursday announced he was prohibiting state employees from traveling at state expense to Texas and three other states that he determined have approved laws that discriminate against gay and transgender people.”

The very next day, The Los Angeles Times reports, one gay California Senator traveled to Texas.

“Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), who is openly gay, is among those attending the annual gathering of the National Assn. of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). A spokesman said he is using his own money, not taxpayer funds. Lara voted for the bill that enacted the travel ban.”

“Lara felt participating in a panel discussion on immigration was important amid debate over Gov. Greg Abbott’s signage of a controversial immigration law that bans “sanctuary cities” for immigrants in the country illegally, spokesman Michael Soller said.”

“Texas just passed one of the nation’s most anti-immigrant laws with Senate Bill 4, and California went down this road with Proposition 187 more than 20 years ago,” said Lara in a statement according to The Los Angeles Times.

“With LGBT and immigrant rights under assault across the country, I thought it was important to join other Latino leaders and show California’s example.”

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Lara is not the only one to travel to Texas despite the ban.

West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tem John Duran is also going to the Texas convention.

“I don’t know about the LGBT laws in Texas or AG Becerra’s call for a boycott – I am not only LGBT but also Latino,” said Duran in an email.

“I am here supporting my elected official colleagues in Texas from Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas who are joining together to sue the state of Texas,” adding that “being a Californian who worked against Gov. Pete Wilson’s Prop 187 — I have experiences and strategies to share with them.”

As Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, writing for Breitbart, puts it, “Democrats may have a hard time holding every athletic team in California to a different standard if they make exceptions for high-profile politicians to travel to the ‘banned’ states for ‘important’ causes.”

According to a statement issued by the California Athletics Department, due to the ban no state-funded trips to Alabama, Texas, Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and South Dakota, are allowed.

“In terms of recruiting, under current California law our coaches would be restricted from using state funds to travel to affected states,” the statement read.

When the ban took effect in January, the Cal Athletics Department released a statement claiming their “intent is to support our student-athletes in their right to participate in NCAA postseason competition should they be assigned to a restricted state.”

This will be difficult under the new law, however, raising private donations for travel as well as salaries for coaches and staff will allow them to do so. They also have to keep in mind potential insurance costs.

Los Angeles Times
The San Francisco Chronicle



  1. HunchbackKing

    June 27, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Someone better audit these people and make sure their expenses don’t end up in the taxpayer’s bills.

  2. AquamineAmarine

    June 27, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    How dumb are these people? They support a travel ban to Texas, but not to Muslim countries that throw gays off of rooftops and hang them from cranes? I’m pretty sure no gays have been killed in Texas.

  3. David Watts

    June 27, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Once again, I am embarrassed to be a Californian. These clowns are too confused and too incapable of rational thought to even follow their own dingbat rules. This is NOT “leadership.”

    • January

      June 27, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      That’s ok David, I’m embarrassed to be from Illinois. Maybe our clowns are related along with the fact that they are the same political party.

      • David Watts

        June 27, 2017 at 4:36 pm

        Ugh, I feel for you. Everywhere one goes, the talking points remain the same. The only saving grace for either of us is: we’re not in Seattle. 😉 Silver linings…

        • January

          June 27, 2017 at 7:27 pm

          Born and raised in Chicago, then lived two years in San Francisco, we came back and moved up north of Chicago to the country. It’s a 15 minutes drive to Wisconsin, so now I escape once in awhile there. lol I still call Chicago my home but I hate what they have done my city. You have a good day.

          • David Watts

            June 27, 2017 at 10:37 pm

            Same to you. 🙂

  4. The R.H. Deplorable

    June 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    they can stay in California we don’t want them here!

    • Kimmy3

      June 27, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      With an added bonus that California is not wasting tax payer money on “conferences”, aka “wank parties”

  5. January

    June 27, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Maybe those states that are on the ban list should ban all Democrats from California but not the and just let the Republicans in. If you agree to a ban, live up to it!!!

  6. Jose Cazares

    June 27, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    “With LGBT and immigrant rights under assault across the country […]”
    Yeah, right. Immigrants have limited rights here to begin with. Being illegally harbored is not one of them.

    • David Watts

      June 27, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      It’s funny the left can never specify what form these ‘attacks’ are taking…

  7. Alex Vasiltsov

    June 27, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    haha cow-fart lara is braking braking the rules

  8. Sean Millette

    June 27, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    I love how they call them “anti-immigrant” laws instead of what they really are…….”anti-illegal” laws.

    Its really pathetic.

    • Kimmy3

      June 27, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      Sean, you are smart and sexy! Haaayyyyyy!

      • Sean Millette

        June 27, 2017 at 11:40 pm

        ; p

  9. 2tor

    June 28, 2017 at 9:44 am

    “Texas just passed one of the nation’s most anti-immigrant laws…”

    The most anti-ILLEGAL laws…. fixed it for ya!

  10. dennis williams

    June 28, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Are they actually discriminating or not giving extra perks for showing up with a Carmen Miranda hat?

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