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File #: 19-6424   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Governance Committee
On agenda: 8/28/2019
Posting Language: A briefing and possible action on a Council Consideration Request (CCR) from Councilwoman Viagran on a City of San Antonio resolution in support of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 [Carlos Contreras, Assistant City Manager; Jeff Coyle, Director, Government & Public Affairs]
Attachments: 1. American Dream Resolution CCR, 2. Staff Presentation - American Dream CCR
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DEPARTMENT: Government & Public Affairs

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Jeff Coyle

COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: Citywide

SUBJECT:
Briefing and discussion related to a CCR from Councilmember Viagran regarding a resolution in support of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019.

SUMMARY:
On June 28, 2019 Councilmember Viagran submitted a Council Consideration Request (CCR) for discussion of a resolution in support of Senate passage of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
In June 2012, the Obama Administration issued a memorandum authorizing an administrative program that permitted certain individuals who came to the United States as juveniles and meet several criteria to request consideration of deferred action and work eligibility for a renewable two-year period. This program became known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In September 2017 the Trump Administration, through the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, issued a memorandum rescinding the DACA policy and initiating a phase-out of the program. Multiple lawsuits challenging the Administration's actions to end DACA were filed and have continued to move through the federal courts. The current status of the DACA program is that individuals who are, or previously were, DACA participants can apply to renew their status. New DACA applicants are not being accepted.

In October 2017, in response to the Administration's actions, City Council approved an amendment to the City's 115th Federal Legislative Program adding support for congressional action that would enable DACA participants to receive lawful status. The City Council approved the 116th Federal Legislative Program in January 2019. This program includes support for legislation that enables undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to earn lawful status.

Additionally, the Trump Administration has moved to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) protec...

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