|(LOS ANGELES, November 8, 2019) — Today, young Californians and students throughout the country are organizing walkouts as a mass show of support for preserving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections and keeping immigrants safe in their communities. The demonstrations are part of a grassroots effort in solidarity with undocumented youth and families ahead of the Supreme Court’s hearing on cases that challenge Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA program scheduled for November 12.|
The are close to 190,000 DACA recipients in California, more than any other state, acccording to the Center for American Progress. Twenty-nine percent of the total DACA participants are in California.
Presidential candidate for the Democratic nomination Tom Steyer released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s efforts to end DACA:
“Trump’s constant attack on immigrants and their families is un-American. In a nation built by immigrants, we can see the countless positive contributions they make. DACA recipients in California contribute $3 billion in taxes. DACA recipients own over 10,000 homes in California and pay more than $180 million for mortgages and nearly $1 billion for rentals each year. Clearly, DACA is an investment that has paid off not just for the recipients and their families, but for the American economy and their communities in all of the states they are in.
As a Californian, I am proud to be from a sanctuary, majority-minority state that is home to so many of these bright and hard-working individuals. As president, I will fight to protect DACA, and commend these students for stepping up and speaking out.”
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