“This is a test of our nation’s true values – a test we simply cannot fail,” the former mayor of Los Angeles said in a statement.
Villaraigosa has been urging supporters to sign an online petition, contact their representatives in Congress and donate to groups that are trying to protect young people who currently have DACA protections, also known as Dreamers.
California’s top education official denounced President Trump's decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“Our country made an honest deal with these students — study hard, earn your degree and you will get a fair chance to compete for college,” state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a statement. “We should keep deals, not break them.”
The fate of the so-called Dreamers has resonated deeply in Mexico, the birthplace of the majority of the estimated 800,000 immigrants who have benefited from the Obama administration program.
Many were brought to the United States as minors by parents or relatives during a boom in illegal immigration before enhanced enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border slowed the illicit movement of Mexican nationals into the United States.
In his State of the Union address on Saturday, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto made an unusual reference to the recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.
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Leaders of the Los Angeles Unified School District doubled down on their support for immigrant students after the Trump administration announced Tuesday that it would phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA.
“I am concerned by this decision and its long-term impacts on the students, families and employees of L.A. Unified,” Supt. Michelle King said in a statement. “These young immigrants have made valuable contributions to the community and the nation they consider their home, and they have earned the right to a permanent place in its history.”
Few Republicans in the California congressional delegation jumped to comment on the Trump administration's announcement Tuesday that it will phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unless Congress acts on the matter.
More than a fourth of the estimated 800,000 DACA recipients, or "Dreamers," are thought to live in California, and some of the most vulnerable Republican congressional members in the state represent areas with large minority or migrant populations.
Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) said Sunday on Facebook that the status of people brought to the country illegally as children needs congressional input.
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration would move to end the DACA program, which currently shields nearly 800,000 young people from deportation.
We are people of compassion, and we are people of law. But there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws. Enforcing the law saves lives, protects communities and taxpayers and prevents human suffering.
University of California President Janet Napolitano blasted President Trump's decision to end a program that deferred deportation for 800,000 young immigrants and urged Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to protect them.
"This backward-thinking, far-reaching move threatens to separate families and derail the futures of some of this country’s brightest young minds, thousands of whom currently attend or have graduated from the University of California," she said in a statement.
Napolitano, who crafted the original Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy when she was U.S. Homeland Security secretary in the Obama administration, said the 10-campus UC system would continue to offer services for students who are in the country illegally. About 4,000 such students — also known as Dreamers — attend UC schools, with the largest number at UCLA and UC Irvine.
California state leaders Tuesday denounced the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, calling it "callous" and "cowardly."
President Trump's decision to end the program, which grants protections for immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, affects more than 800,000 nationwide, a quarter of whom are in California.