No DACA, No Problem: California Will Raise Money for "Dreamers"

The decision by the White House to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is being taken in stride by California lawmakers. The Office of the Governor and various Golden State legislators are preparing to introduce a measure that will raise $30 million to help immigrants affected by the potential end of DACA.

According to a news story published by the San Francisco Chronicle weeks after Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally declared the DACA rescission, a bipartisan group of California legislators will formally introduce the proposal at the committee level before September 15, and they are expected to move quickly on the issue.

If approved, the measure will dedicate $10 million towards tuitions assistance for DACA recipients who are already enrolled in California institutions of higher learning. The remaining $20 million will go towards funding legal efforts against federal measures that seek to disenfranchise immigrants in the Golden State, including those who benefit from DACA.

"Dreamers" are those undocumented immigrants who were introduced to the United States by their parents when they were under the age of 18. In some cases, Dreamers arrived in the country by means of illegal border crossings; in other cases, they entered with visas that eventually expired. Quite a few Dreamers were not aware of their undocumented status because they came to the U.S. when they were very young; in other words, their parents never talked to them about this delicate matter.

California Senate President Kevin de Leon, a popular Democrat from Los Angeles, spoke strong words against the current administration and the decision to end DACA. Another lawmaker who had strong words on this matter was Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, who is also a Democrat from Los Angeles. The $20 million that this legislative measure could provide would be invested in retaining an array of law firms specializing in immigration, Constitutional and appellate practice; these firms would wage a legal battle to protect Dreamers.

The implementation of DACA dates back to 2012. Former President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order that resulted from the inability of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Political analysts believe that President Donald Trump has taken aim at rescinding DACA in an effort to keep in line with his campaign promise of a tough stance on immigration.

It should be noted that DACA could actually be made into law within six months if Congress resolves to do so.


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