ORANGE, Calif. — In response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision issued today blocking the Trump administration’s rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Democratic Party of Orange County Chair Ada Briceño released the following statement:
“Today is a victory for the American dream. Donald Trump’s attack on DACA recipients wasn’t just cruel, it was illegal. But make no mistake: Trump and other like-minded Republicans aren’t stopping. Today’s decision gives young people breathing room, but it’s not enough. Let’s keep forging our path. We need comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship, and we need it now.”
Chair Briceño is the first immigrant to Chair the Democratic Party of Orange County. She immigrated to the United States at the age of six, when her family fled a brutal civil war in Nicaragua.
About the Democratic Party of Orange County
Orange County is a nationally-watched battleground for control of the U.S. House, and a critical battleground for expanding Democratic leadership in California. The DCCC opened a field office in Irvine in 2019, and the CDP opened two field offices – in Brea and Huntington Beach – in early 2020.
Once famously known as “Reagan country,” after President Reagan called Orange County the place where “all good Republicans go to die,” Orange County is rapidly shifting from a Republican stronghold into a highly diverse Democratic metropolis.
Chair Ada Briceno, a longtime labor organizer, Co-President of UNITE HERE Local 11, and recently elected Democratic National Committee member, is the first immigrant and second Latina to lead the Democratic Party of Orange County. The party’s executive leadership team includes Latino, Asian American, millennial, and LGBT representation.
Democrats swept all seven Congressional seats in Orange County in 2018. Less than a year later, Democrats overtook countywide voter registration to become the region’s leading political party. Today, OC Democrats have gained more than a 2-point voter advantage over the GOP.
Orange County is the nation’s sixth largest county, with 3.2 million residents and more than half a million registered Democratic voters.