California reactions to DACA decision
September 5, 2017
• Uniform in their opinions
• Politicians, educations, healthcare officials speak out
Here is a sampling of the California reaction to President Donald Trump's decision to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
• California Medical Association President Ruth Haskins
“Today’s decision does little to reform our nation’s immigration system – it simply punishes young people who are American in all ways but on paper. What’s more, our nation’s health care system has the largest percentage of foreign-born and foreign-trained workers of any industry in the country.
“Already facing a national shortage of physicians and other health care professionals, revoking DACA could also undermine patient care and disrupt medical schools and hospitals for decades to come. We urge Congress to support solutions that don’t needlessly punish young Americans, preserves patient access to care, alleviates our nation’s physician shortage and supports health care workforce diversity.”
• State Controller Betty Yee
“Immigrants – as workers, as students, and as consumers – are powerful contributors to California being the 6th largest economy in the world. Our economy relies on entrepreneurs at the forefront of innovation and ingenuity, taxpayers, and business owners – many of them foreign-born.
“California will not leave our Dreamers behind. We will fight this cruel form of discrimination targeting hard-working students striving to become the leaders of tomorrow. We will continue to work to lift undocumented Californians out of the shadows, to give them the dignity and respect they deserve as they work tirelessly and courageously each day in our schools, our businesses, and our communities to realize their dreams.”
• California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
"President Trump's most recent cruel and outrageous decision to end DACA in six months will result in the deportation of as many as 800,000 Dreamers. The golden state is home to the largest number of Dreamers at 220,000. They came to California as children, attend school, college, hold jobs, and contribute to California communities and our economy in meaningful ways.
“It is heartless for President Trump to ignore those contributions and their dreams by deporting them. California will continue to resist this most recent Trump administration policy seeking to further divide us and deport Californians who have committed no crimes but simply came to our state as children."
• Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters
“Today, President Trump continued his Administration’s aggressive attack on immigrants when he turned his back on 800,000 undocumented young people by terminating DACA.
“Rounding up law-abiding children will not make anyone safer. DREAMers, who were brought to this country as young children, have done nothing to deserve the President’s attacks. In most cases, these children have struggled to succeed, as Americans, in school, work, and in their communities.”
• Joseph Jones, president, Fresno Pacific University
“These students have come to FPU with dreams of positively contributing to our community and country. For over 20 years they have proven their value to the region and these United States. We will continue to support their success as a Christian university within the purview of the laws of this country including FERPA legislation, which insures students’ privacy.”
• California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
“President Trump has turned his back on hundreds of thousands of children and young Americans who came forward and put their trust in our government. But in terminating DACA, the Trump Administration has also violated the Constitution and federal law.
“This Administration has chosen to ignore what American voters have said they think is right. Nearly 80 percent of voters want to protect the legal status of Dreamers. Ending the program is devastating not just for recipients, but for our economy. California businesses would lose more than a billion dollars in turnover costs. Attorney General Sessions claims this decision is full of ‘compassion,’ but real compassion would be treating Dreamers ‘with heart,’ as President Trump himself said. California is taking action because one in four DACA grantees live in our great state. I will do everything I can to fight for them.”
• Statement issued on behalf of Gov. Edmund Gerald Brown Jr.
“This six-month so-called reprieve does not change the Governor’s views – the Trump Administration’s action to end DACA is senseless and cruel. California has its eyes on Congress to do what it should have done years ago, but we cannot bank on that. So the Governor stands with Attorney General Becerra as he takes our fight to court to defend the Dreamers.”
• Sen. Dianne Feinstein
“Congressional action is now the only way to guarantee that DACA recipients are shielded from deportation, and it must be our top priority. The DREAM Act—introduced by Senators Graham and Durbin to provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients—deserves a vote as soon as possible.
“Failure to protect young people who have come out of the shadows would constitute an abject moral failure. DACA recipients registered with the government, had background checks and paid taxes. They provided extensive documentation about their lives and put their trust in the government. We can’t respond by penalizing them.
• California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley
“Ending DACA is a heartless and senseless decision that goes against American ideals and basic human decency. Those who are affected by this decision were brought to this country as children and are pursuing an education and making contributions their communities. Some have served in the armed forces defending this country. In California, we don't put dreams -- or Dreamers -- on hold. The California Community Colleges remain committed to serving all students, regardless of immigration status and to providing safe and welcoming environments in which to learn. We will do all within our power to assist students affected by this decision, and we will advocate tirelessly in Congress for a permanent resolution to this issue”
• California Endowment President and CEO Robert Ross
“The revocation of DACA is a colossal breach in our nation’s progress towards a more equitable and inclusive society. It’s an injustice not only to our fellow community members with DACA status, but to all Californians and for that matter, all Americans.
“Ending the DACA program threatens the health and well-being of our neighborhoods, our families and our very humanity. Our economy stands to take a significant hit to the tune of billions of dollars, and the very fabric of our democracy is forever scarred.”