Los Angeles Calls U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Victory for Local Dreamers

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County enthusiastically supports today’s Supreme Court ruling to uphold the protections afforded to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

The County, which filed a friend of the court brief in the case, argued that DACA offers a valuable path forward for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children by allowing them the chance to contribute to this country without fear of deportation. We are gratified that the Court agrees with our position, offering a positive resolution for all DACA recipients who were facing continued uncertainty.

Based on this decision, we encourage all DACA recipients in the County who currently have, or have previously had DACA status, to continue to submit their renewal applications. By renewing their DACA status, Dreamers can continue to make vital contributions to their families, local communities, and our county.

“I join my colleagues in celebrating the Supreme Court ruling to protecting Dreamers as a significant victory for the thousands of children who came to this Country at a young age and are now integral members of our community,” said Kathryn Barger, Chair of the L.A County Board of Supervisors. “The County will continue to review and identify the necessary programs and services to support this population, working together with our partners and stakeholders. This is yet another reminder of the crucial need to for the Federal Government to develop and implement comprehensive immigration reform.”

“Today’s historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in support of DACA is a victory for our country and for our nearly 800,000 Dreamers. Our DACA recipients embody the values of this country through their work ethic, their optimism, and unwavering loyalty to this nation. They are military Veterans, medical students, and employees of Fortune 500 companies. As the proud daughter of immigrants, I know this country was built on the tremendous sacrifices of hardworking immigrants,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “Today’s landmark decision sets the stage for renewed efforts to seek permanent protection and a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. I am proud of today’s ruling and am pleased that the thousands of DACA recipients who live in LA County — the county with the highest number of DACA recipients in the country — can continue to call Los Angeles County their home.”

 “Today’s ruling reminds us once again of the importance of the checks and balances that have guided our democracy, especially in the face of an administration that has continually attacked a community that is so vital to every facet of our country,” L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said. “Now, more than ever, we must be resolved to keep fighting on behalf of our immigrant communities and those who have relied on DACA for their livelihood and peace of mind.”

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a win for Dreamers and a win for the nation,” said L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “I want to commend the perseverance of L.A. County’s DACA recipients who have had to maintain their focus and courage over the last several disruptive and disturbing years. Now, at last, they can move forward with some confidence that they can build their lives and realize their potential here.”

“With this ruling I am breathing a sigh of relief for the Dreamers in my life, in L.A. County, and across the country,” said L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn. “DACA survives. Now it is up to all of us to continue to push for a pathway to citizenship for these young people who are American in every way except on paper.”

The County remains committed to advancing the well-being of all immigrants by providing residents with access to support services. “The Department of Consumer and Business Affairs embodies this commitment in each of our core programs,” said Joseph M. Nicchitta, Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs. “Each day we learn more about the unique struggles our immigrant neighbors face, whether they are consumers, business owners, tenants or homeowners. We strive to advance equity by adjusting our services to meet the needs of the immigrants who contribute so much to our culture and the economy of the region. We are led in this effort by the County’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA),which is a fundamental part of the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs.”

OIA provides support services and information for immigrants, and leads high-profile efforts to advance County policies that support immigrant stakeholders, including the County’s Immigrant Protection and Advancement Task Force, a multi-sector effort to improve how government engages and serves immigrants.

“We applaud today’s important victory for the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, including nearly 80,000 Angelenos who as our friends, colleagues, and members of our families play a defining role in our rich civic, cultural, educational, and economic life,” said L.A. County Office of Immigrant Affairs Executive Director Rigoberto Reyes.

In the coming days, OIA will be providing updates about the impact of today’s decision, including DACA renewal services and information regarding new application filings.

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