A resolution urging the United States Congress to provide emergency legislation to prevent the deportation of recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) passed at March's board meeting.
In 2017, the Trump Administration announced that DACA would end without any alternative plans in place. The order to end DACA has been challenged in court numerous times.
The repercussions of DACA ending with no clear path forward have been many. Despite the fact the majority of DACA recipients have only known the United States as home, the program's state of flux has opened children and adults up to the possibility of deportation and being removed from their families. In the past year, there has been a 250% increase in deportation of those with no criminal records.
A similar piece of legislation, House Resolution 0241, is sponsored by Representative Theresa Mah on the state level. Similar to the resolution passed by the County Board, it calls for the United States Congress to act quickly to pass a clean version of DACA so the recipients so the continued violations of human rights - and their rights as U.S. cititzens - can cease.