Sacramento City Councilmember who Grew Up Undocumented Understands the Value of DACA


Sacramento, CA, June 19 (Punjab Mail) – The City of Sacramento joined a lawsuit against the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Today, June 18th, the United States Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to end DACA by emphasizing the administration failed to provide an adequate reason to justify ending the DACA program. Councilmember Eric Guerra, who grew up undocumented, understands firsthand the value of the DACA program, and the opportunity it offers for many young people to have a chance to work hard and seek a better economic future for themselves and their families. “Today’s ruling in support of Dreamers is an acknowledgment of the contributions and hard work of immigrant youth and their families who, despite all obstacles, work with grit, integrity, and perseverance to succeed academically,” stated Councilmember Guerra. “ I am extremely proud of the City of Sacramento’s commitment to supporting our most vulnerable, and for our active role in ligating against the administration’s actions to end a program that offers an opportunity for people seeking to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.”

The Sacramento City Council directed the City Attorney’s Office to join in support of the amicus brief, which was filed by a large contingency of city, county, and other agencies in favor of the DACA plaintiffs in this case “ we are extremely pleased with the decision which agreed that in terminating DACA, DHS acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner, failing to comply with the requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). “Said City Attorney Susana Alcala Wood.

Councilmember Guerra further emphasizes this is a victory not only for Dreamers, but also for the economic prosperity of local jurisdictions.  According to the California Budget Policy Center, undocumented immigrants pay 1.1 billion in property taxes and $2.0 billion in sales and excise taxes every year. A report for the California Endowment further highlighted that immigrants contributed to nearly 60 million dollars in taxes in 2017. Dreamers are part of our community and play a vital role in the success of our economy. The ruling by the Supreme Court is welcomed news and a well-deserved victory for so many hard-working young students out there.