President Donald Trump recently announced he would be dissolving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), unless Congress should act to save it within the next six months.
The state of California has passed a law in defiance of Trump’s announcement, dedicating $30 million to helping DACA recipients.
Per ABC News:
The announcement comes in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program that gives temporary protection from deportation to people brought to the country illegally as children or by parents who overstayed visas. The proposal requires legislative approval this week before lawmakers head home for the year.
The money will go directly to combat Trump’s interest in enforcing national law:
The Assembly and Senate acted on dozens of other proposals throughout the day, including criminal sentence reductions, lowering the voting age and barring employers from asking about applicants’ salary history.
Both chambers will reconvene Wednesday for a full day of voting.
Of the $30 million for immigrant aid, $20 million would go toward legal services for participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. Another $10 million would go toward financial aid for participants in the program, with $7 million for community college students, $2 million for California State University students and $1 million for University of California students.
More than 200,000 of the 800,000 DACA participants live in California.
One California legislator accuses Trump of trying to destroy “years of progress” the state has made to accept DACA recipients:
The Trump administration plans to phase out the program over the next six months if Congress doesn’t make it permanent. California is one of 19 states suing the Trump administration over the decision to end the program.
“We will not let one man with xenophobic tendencies undercut years of progress we have made in California to integrate these young adults into our society and economy,” state Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat, said in a statement. “California is their home and they are our future.”