OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL
Later this month, three Oakland councilmembers will introduce a resolution offering the city’s support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was rescinded Tuesday by the Trump administration.
The executive order issued under President Barack Obama in 2012 allows undocumented immigrant minors who were brought to the U.S. before 2007 an opportunity to stay in the country and are allowed work permits for renewable two-year periods.
The announcement Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice set off a wave of opposition, including a strongly-worded statement from Obama calling the action, “self-defeating.”
“To target hopeful young strivers who grew up here is wrong, because they’ve done nothing wrong,” tweeted Obama, along with a full statement.
Oakland’s response via a resolution in support of DACA will be introduced by Councilmembers Desley Brooks, Rebecca Kaplan and Noel Gallo at the Oakland City Council meeting on Sept. 19.
“We are sickened and saddened by Attorney General [Jeff] 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,” according to a joint statement issued Tuesday.
“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.”