I am overjoyed by today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to continue. Under the DACA program, nearly 700,000 long-term residents of the United States — 85,000 in LA County — who had been brought to the country as children were provided protection from deportation and the ability to obtain work permits.
The DACA program has allowed these young men and women to access career paths that previously had been unobtainable solely because of their immigration status. DREAMers have paid taxes, raised families and contributed to local communities.
Approximately 20,000 DREAMers nationwide and 5,000 in California work in the education field, helping to alleviate a shortage of qualified teachers, particularly in high-need schools and communities.
In the midst of a global pandemic and mass unemployment, the Court has ruled in the favor of justice, bringing hope and stability to hundreds of thousands of households. DREAMers arrived in this country as children, and many have known no home other than the United States. They have made significant contributions to our society and will continue to do so for years to come.
I remain committed to protecting the constitutional right of all children to receive a free public education regardless of immigration status. We need to provide a permanent pathway to citizenship for families whose immigration status remains a barrier to student success.
The LA County Office of Education continues to offer its full support to our 80 districts in addressing the needs of our immigrant students and families. Related resources for schools and districts can be found here.