Board of Supervisors Passes Hahn/Solis Motion to Defend LA County Dreamers
LOS ANGELES, CA – Following the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, today the Board of Supervisors passed a motion, offered by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and Supervisor Janice Hahn, to demonstrate the Board’s strong opposition to the decision to end DACA and lend services and support to DACA recipients in LA County.
“Los Angeles County is home to more Dreamers than any other county in the nation,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “They are fundamental to our families, to our communities, and to our economy. While it is up to Congress to ultimately pass legislation to protect Dreamers, here in LA County we need to do everything we can to be there for these young people. We will have their back.”
“The DREAM Act is a strong legislative solution that has allowed young immigrants to continue living their American Dream with a path to citizenship. Our DREAMers’ futures are in danger – and so is the future of almost 65,000 undocumented students who graduate high school every year and could have been supported through DACA,” said Supervisor Solis. “Today’s actions signify the County’s ongoing commitment to all immigrant communities and our clear opposition to this Administration’s attacks on our vulnerable population.”
The motion, authored by Supervisor Solis and co-authored by Supervisor Hahn:
• directs the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to send a letter to Congress, the Senate, and to the President of the United States to demand a permanent legislative solution for all DACA recipients and their families;
• directs the CEO to send a letter to Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra, urging any action necessary by the State of California, such as litigation, to protect California DACA recipients;
• implements a travel restriction for one year on LA County employees on official LA County business, with the exception of emergency response and assistance, to the nine states (Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, West Virginia) that threatened legal action unless the administration phased out DACA; and
• directs the Office of Immigration Affairs to conduct outreach efforts to current DACA recipients to assist them with renewing their status during the six-month interim period, and to provide ongoing updates to LA County residents regarding their legal rights.
One of the many residents who testified at today’s meeting was Carlos, a staffer in Supervisor Janice Hahn’s office who is a DACA recipient.
“As a DACA recipient, I have been able to continue my education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree and developing my professional career,” said Carlos. “Being a dreamer has allowed me to find my voice within our community. DACA has allowed dreamers to excel in school create thriving businesses, serve in our military, and start families. All of this was possible because dreamers, like all other Americans, were allowed to pursue their goals.”
Ending DACA and admonishing recipients from the labor force could cost the United States $460.3 billion in GDP and decrease Social Security and Medicare contributions by $24.6 billion over the next decade according to a recent study. The County continues to provide assistance through the Office of Immigrant Affairs and is available to answer any DACA-related questions. Residents can contact the County’s Office of Immigrant Affairs at 1-800-593-8222.