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File #: 19-6563   
Type: Resolution
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 9/12/2019
Posting Language: Resolution in support of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. [Carlos Contreras, Assistant City Manager; Jeff Coyle, Director, Government & Public Affairs]
Attachments: 1. Draft Resolution, 2. Resolution 2019-09-12-0056R
DEPARTMENT: Government & Public Affairs

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Jeff Coyle

COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: Citywide

SUBJECT:
Resolution in support of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019.

SUMMARY:
This item approves a Resolution in support 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) protections. TPS and DED are programs which grant deportation protections for foreign nationals when their country of origin is unsafe to return to due to natural or man-made disasters - suc...

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