SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement in response to President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that gives work authorization to 240,000 California young immigrants – and 800,000 overall -- brought to the U.S. as children:
“DACA allowed young people who grew up as Americans to finally pursue their educations and careers out of the shadows. The level of cruelty that President Trump has shown in ending the program is unconscionable, and he continues to pick on our most vulnerable like a bully. Ending DACA puts the futures of thousands of dreamers in jeopardy who are going to school and working just as we asked them to.
“Trump, whose companies continue to import workers from abroad, is a cynical manipulator. Republicans’ unrelenting assault on immigrants and especially Latinos is awakening a generation of young Americans to the threat to our country’s diversity and economic future, just as Proposition 187 did in California more than 20 years ago.
“California is being called to lead and be the moral compass for our country. I have introduced Senate Bill 573 so that DACA recipients who are in California universities can continue their studies and empower themselves.
“UC and CSU have been waiting to see what President Trump will do, and now we have the opportunity to show we care about our students and that we are going to use all legislative and legal options to protect our DACA recipients.
“Republicans in Congress also must join with Democrats in a bipartisan effort to pass the Dream Act with a path to citizenship and commit not to use dreamers as a bargaining chip to build Trump’s border wall of hate and division.”