Latino Caucus Commends Obama Administration for Allowing the Dream to Continue for Undocumented Students

June 15, 2012

New policy will protect the hundreds of thousands of DREAM ACT students from deportation and allow them to seek work permits

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Obama administration set forth a new policy through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that will halt the deportation of undocumented young people who were brought to the US as young children and creates a mechanism for them to seek work permits.

"Today, President Obama and the Administration transformed the lives of thousands of young DREAMers," said Assembly Member Ricardo Lara, Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. "By granting talented undocumented young people the opportunity to pursue their dreams without fear of deportation, we are moving our country forward to a more just and prosperous future. The hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people who fight for their futures and keep hope alive deserve our unwavering support as debate over passage of the DREAM ACT continues."

The new policy will enable Dream Act-eligible young people to stay in the United States by allowing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to exercise prosecutorial discretion and defer any action against them if they meet specific criteria.

Formed in 1973 by five Democratic Assembly Members, the Latino Legislative Caucus Members represent diverse geographical regions throughout the State and draw on the unique background and experiences of its 8 Senators and 15 Assembly Members to address issues affecting California's working families.