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Local Leaders Rally in Support for President’s Immigration Action as Court Weighs Stay


April 17, 2015

Ricardo Favela

San Diego, CA: Today, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will hear oral arguments on whether to grant an emergency stay that could lift the injunction blocking President Obama’s executive action on Immigration. If granted, the extended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of American Citizens and legal permanent residents (DAPA) programs would move forward once more.

Locally, public officials and community leaders have approved resolutions in favor of the action and in support of undocumented students and undocumented parents of U.S. citizens. On Tuesday of this past week, the City of Chula Vista unanimously approved a resolution supporting the action. The Sweetwater Union High School District took a similar action on Monday, and on Wednesday, the Southwestern Community College District passed their resolution in support.

These resolutions supplement the Amicus Briefs signed by the American Friends Service Committee, Alliance San Diego, Chula Vista Police Department, and San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council in support of the President’s action. They send a strong message that local government, law enforcement and civil rights groups in San Diego County are united in standing up for immigrant families who are a part of our communities. Following are statements from local public officials, school board members, law enforcement, community and labor leaders about their support for the immigration action.

How California’s Proposed Immigration Bills May Impact San Diego

By Tom Fudge, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

State Democratic lawmakers this week announced an effort to extend health care, legal rights and business protections to immigrants living in California illegally.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins of San Diego, and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles were among the Democrats who proposed 10 bills. They call their effort the “Liberty and Justice” package.

The package includes a bill by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego to protect immigrants from scams. Other proposals include expanding Medi-Cal coverage and establishing an office to help immigrants living in the state illegally with naturalization services.

Andrea Guerrero, executive director of Alliance San Diego, told KPBS the state could lead the way in immigration reform with this package of bills.

“This is a welcomed package that supports, protects and integrates immigrant families,” Guerrero told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday. “We can’t afford otherwise. It’s humane. It’s compassionate.”

Despite Setback for Immigration Programs, San Diegans Prepare for Implementation



WHEN: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM

WHERE: Alliance San Diego, 4443 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92116

San Diego, CA – Community members in San Diego are moving forward despite the preliminary injunction ruling on Monday that temporarily blocks the implementation process of the new immigrant deferred action programs. San Diegans will continue to prepare for implementation of extended DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) that will give thousands of Californians the chance to live, work, and stay in the U.S. with their families.

Activities and Persons of Interest for Interview Opportunities
New DACA applicants and DACA renewal applicants will be in on-site along with local attorneys and immigration advocates to address questions from the media.

San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium and community members urges Congress to pass a real immigration reform that provides a permanent solution, keeps families together, and respects the quality of life of border communities by ensuring accountability and oversight over Customs and Border Protection, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency.

Since 2007, San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) has worked to bring together leaders from the faith, labor, and legal communities to advocate policies that promote the civic and human rights of immigrants and is comprised of 20 organizations from throughout San Diego County.

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