Statement of Senator Ricardo Lara on President Trump’s Threat to End DACA Program for 240,000 California Dreamers

August 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement in response to President Trump’s threat to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that gives work authorization to 240,000 California young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children:

“Dreamers grew up as Americans, and DACA lets them work and contribute to California’s economy. If Donald Trump eliminates DACA he will be a dream-destroyer for 240,000 young Californians.

“How does it help California to say to high school graduates that you can get an education but you can’t get a job?

“How does it help California to say to young people they can’t work while they are in college?

“Ending DACA would rob young people of the opportunity to work and give back to their communities.

“I introduced Senate Bill 573 because I knew that Trump could repeal DACA and create a giant financial hole for students who are working to support their education.

“Senate Bill 573 will create a way for students at public universities to receive grants, fee waivers or reimbursements for doing student service, while acquiring new skills and knowledge.

“If Trump won’t let these young Californians work, the Legislature will find a way for them to contribute to our state in other ways.”