Calls on the Supreme Court to uphold President Obama’s Executive Action
June 15, 2016
Councilmember Cedillo commemorates the four year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On June 15, 2012, President Obama signed a memo establishing deferred action (protection from deportation) for certain undocumented youth who came to the U.S. as children and met certain criteria. Applications under the DACA program began four years ago today. Since then, undocumented students have been granted deferred action, attained a driver’s license and a work permit, transforming their lives and expanding their opportunities.
“Today we celebrate the four year anniversary of President Obama’s transformative executive action known as DACA. This program has completely changed the circumstances for many youth and their families, who prior to this action, felt hopeless and stuck,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo, author of the CA Dream Act and the Driver’s License Bill AB60. “I’ve personally seen how deferred action has helped members of our community, and members of my own staff. I employ three DACA recipients in my office and they are an integral part of my team,” added Councilmember Cedillo.
In November of 2014, President Obama announced his plans to expand deferred action programs for undocumented Americans. He expanded DACA and created a whole new program to protect the parents of immigrant children, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Both programs would have shielded more than four million undocumented Americans from deportation, but a lawsuit by Texas and 25 other states, have challenged the legality of the deferred action expansion. The Supreme Court can decide the fate of undocumented Americans as early as tomorrow.
“We remain hopeful that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of providing relief to the millions of people living in the U.S. without legal status,” said Councilmember Cedillo. “I pray that justice will be on our side and with those families who call the U.S. home.”
Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.