Long Beach joins over 100 cities, counties in sending letter to Supreme Court in support of DACA

Long Beach has joined over 100 other cities and counties in showing their support for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which the Trump administration tried to end in 2017.

Last Friday, Oct. 4, Long Beach joined over 105 other cities and counties in filing an amicus brief, which is a letter meant to add insight or expertise to a court case, to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, city officials announced Wednesday.

National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the International Municipal Lawyers Association and the International City/County Management Association, all nonpartisan advocacy groups, have also signed onto the brief.

The Regents of the University of California originally filed the lawsuit in 2017 in response to the administration’s intent to end the program, which protects undocumented children from deportation.

“DACA has been crucial in helping so many Dreamers pursue their goals of contributing to their communities and nation,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “I am proud to have the City of Long Beach sign onto the DACA amicus brief along with over 105 cities, counties and other municipalities. Long Beach stands with our immigrant residents and with immigrant communities across the nation.”

The decision to join the amicus brief in support of Dreamers was authorized by the City Council July 16. The brief was authored by the city and county of Los Angeles.

Under the 2012 program, qualifying undocumented individuals who came to the U.S. as children are temporarily protected from deportation. Criteria includes living in the country for a certain amount of consecutive years, satisfying educational or military service requirements and not having serious criminal records. The program has benefited over 800,000 people since it started.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on this case on Nov. 12.

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