OAKLAND, CA (Press release) – Oakland Councilmembers Brooks, Kaplan and Gallo introduces a Resolution supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that was put in place by President Obama to allow immigrant minors who entered the United States illegally, but who had been largely raised in the United States to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
Councilmembers Brooks, Kaplan and Gallo’s statement:
“We are sickened and saddened by Attorney General Sessions announcement winding down and rescinding DACA. We know that immigrants strengthen our country. We know that diversity strengthens our country. We have seen how DACA has let scores of young people come out of the shadows and pursue fuller, richer lives – and we will fight tooth and nail to protect and defend DACA for those young people and for the next generation.
These are the aspiring citizens who live and work in the communities and cities that Local Progress members represent. They have completed their education here, they have families here, they are our neighbors, friends, and colleagues.
Ending this program further demonstrates that President Trump is committed to an agenda of white supremacy that runs counter to the values of inclusion and diversity that we hold dear in this country. Oaklanders stand in direct opposition. As such, we will introduce the Resolution below at the first Council meeting in September.”