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File #: 170767    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/14/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/21/2017
Title: Requesting the President of the United States and the United States Congress to enact legislation allowing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients to remain permanently in the United States by March 2018.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember O'Neill
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 17076700.pdf, 2. Signature17076700.pdf
Title
Requesting the President of the United States and the United States Congress to enact legislation allowing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients to remain permanently in the United States by March 2018.

Body
WHEREAS, In June 2012, President Barack Obama used an executive order to establish the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program allowed individuals who were brought to the United States as minors and met several other conditions to defer deportation for a two-year period. DACA recipients could renew their deferred action status in two-year intervals. No individuals were granted lawful immigration status through DACA; and

WHEREAS, DACA recipients are often called DREAMers, in reference to the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act which was first introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch in August 2001 and has not been passed by Congress to date; and

WHEREAS, Approximately 800,000 undocumented individuals, now between the ages of 15 and 36, enrolled in DACA from June 2012 to September 2017. This includes about 900 DACA recipients currently serving in the United States military. DACA recipients share American values, attend American schools and higher education institutions, contribute to American communities, and strengthen the American economy. Philadelphia has benefited from being a home to DACA recipients, many of whom have no substantial ties to their parents' homelands; and

WHEREAS, On September 5, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that he would "begin an orderly transition and wind-down of DACA, one that provides minimum disruption." No new applications will be received for DACA, and all existing DACA recipients' work permits will be honored until their expiration date. This means that DACA recipients will lose their deferred status beginning in March 2018, and all will be technically eligible for deportation by March 2020; and

WHEREAS, President Trump has ...

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