Supervisors Perez, Ashley Propose DACA Resolution
RIVERSIDE – Supervisors V. Manuel Perez and Marion Ashley have jointly crafted a resolution in support of Dreamers and comprehensive immigration reform, encouraging federal representatives to work toward a timely legislative resolution to avoid the lapse of the DACA program.
Perez and Ashley will present the resolution at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting and ask their colleagues to put the county on record in support of fixing this pressing matter for these young people, as well as the economy, school system, and colleges and universities.
“I have met many of these young people, Dreamers, who have done well in school and have given back to our community and country,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “Their dreams and achievements strengthen us. I reiterate my hope for a positive resolution that offers opportunities for Dreamers to stay in this country and ultimately enhance their ability to contribute by becoming citizens of our great nation.”
DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was a program that granted work permits and temporary protection from deportation to nearly 790,000 young people who came to the United States before age 16. An estimated 13,100 DACA beneficiaries live in Riverside County. Unless legislative action is taken, DACA recipients could lose their work authorization and face removal.
“It’s time for Congress and the President to address immigration issues for the benefit of DACA children and the American people. A bipartisan, comprehensive solution is long overdue,” said Supervisor Marion Ashley.
The resolution can be found on Tuesday’s agenda at: http://riversidecountyca.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=1805.