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Riverside County may take a pro-DACA stance

By in Press Enterprise on February 3, 2018

By Alejandra Molina

Should Riverside County leaders take a symbolic stance to support young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children?

Two county supervisors say yes and are asking their Riverside County Board of Supervisors colleagues to approve such a resolution Tuesday, Feb. 6.

The resolution would endorse and encourage federal bipartisan legislation to continue protections for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the program the Trump administration ended last year.

President Donald Trump in September gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative replacement for the program.

Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez is one of two board members to propose a pro-DACA resolution.
File photo by Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG

“I felt it was important for us to take a stance as a county,” V. Manuel Perez said Friday, Feb. 2.

“I wish I could do more,” he added. “Immigration issues are a federal issue, but the fact (is) that here in Riverside County we have a very diverse population … and an immigrant population that has been very vibrant and has been giving back to our community.”

The Obama-era DACA program has granted deportation relief and work permits to about 800,000 young undocumented immigrants.

The current DACA population is about 690,000, and that number has been shrinking. In Riverside County, there are about 13,100 DACA beneficiaries, according to a county report.

Not all agree that the county should take a position on the issue.

Robin Hvdiston, of We the People Rising, a Claremont-based anti-illegal immigration group, said the county should focus on other issues, such as homelessness and unemployment. Her group opposes the resolution.

“I’m just disappointed that, again, we have the county officials focusing on a federal issue,” she said.

The resolution carries no legal weight or fiscal responsibilities.

“Amid the wind-down of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA,
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