LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion authored by Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, and co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl on reaffirming its commitment to DREAMers by supporting President Joe Biden administration’s announcement of a proposed rule, which will go through a public comment period, to preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
“DREAMers embody the values of this country through their work ethic, their optimism, and unwavering loyalty to this nation,” shared Chair Solis. “DACA recipients are government professionals, engineers, lawyers, and essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. After several attempts to rescind the program during the previous presidential administration, I am grateful for President Biden’s actions to preserve and fortify DACA. This country is their home and they are here to stay.”
Since its creation in 2012, the DACA program has protected more than 825,000 individuals from deportation, including tens of thousands of immigrants in Los Angeles County.
“For the last several years the legal status of hundreds of thousands of our nation’s young people has been in limbo,” shared Supervisor Kuehl. “More than 100,000 DACA youth live right here in Southern California and because of the uncertainty of their legal status, they live under constant threat, unable to make long-term plans for their lives. This motion continues LA County’s fight for these young people and for fair and humane immigration policy.”
The motion approved today directs County Counsel to submit a comment on behalf of the County supporting the proposed rule aimed at protecting the DACA program in accordance with the official public comment process outlined by the Department of Homeland Security.
To view the full motion, click here.