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Mayor Steinberg Joins Sacramento Leaders to Urge President to Preserve DACA

Community declares DACA will not be taken away without a fight

Sacramento, CA - On Tuesday, Mayor Darrell Steinberg joined members of the Sacramento City Council, Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn, SCUSD Superintendent Jorge Aguilar, and leaders from the labor, business and faith communities to urge the President not to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Mayors across the country participated in similar events the same day highlighting the importance of DACA in their communities.

“Since DACA was enacted in 2012, it has provided a pathway to education and employment for nearly 800,000 young people who have grown up in the United States, grown up being Americans,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “These are not criminals or drug dealers. These are students and hard-working men and women who call the United States home and who, through no fault of their own, now face a potentially devastating threat that would rip them from life as an American into unimaginable uncertainty.”

Enacted in 2012, DACA allows the children of immigrants who meet specific guidelines to defer removal action for renewable two-year periods. The program excludes individuals who were over the age of 16 when arriving in the United States or have been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more misdemeanors or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. Over a quarter of the nation’s DACA recipients live in California. In Sacramento County, an estimated 13,000 people are currently eligible for the program. If DACA recipients were removed from the workforce, it is estimated that California would lose more than $11.6 billion in annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

"These DACA students have grown up in our own neighborhoods, and are part of the best and brightest in our universities,” said Councilmember Eric Guerra, who serves as Chair of the City of Sacramento’s Safe Haven Task Force. “We will not stand for fear mongering that is counterproductive to our communities.”

In May, the Sacramento City Council adopted resolution 2017-0158 reaffirming Sacramento is a Safe Haven community. The Council also set aside up to $300,000 for a network of legal and community based organizations to provide legal defense, advice and support to the Sacramento immigrant community.

For additional statistics about the DACA program or information about the economic impact of ending DACA and surveys with DACA recipients, visit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Center for American Progress.