By Tara Kwan
Monterey Park’s City Council demonstrated its commitment to its large immigrant population by passing Resolution No. 11964, “ A resolution declaring the City of Monterey Park to be dedicated to preserving the rights of all persons within its jurisdiction; adopting interim policies; and directing the city manager and city attorney to provide additional information for implementing the intent of this declaration at the city council meeting on Wednesday, September 20.
This resolution was proposed by council member Peter Chan and all members, with the exception of Mitchell Ing who was not present, voted in favor of it. Its passage directs the city manager take such administrative actions that will implement the intent of this resolution in a reasonable manner.
The City of Monterey Park is “dedicated to preserving the rights of all persons within its jurisdiction”, residents and visitors alike, regardless of their immigration status, the City resolution states.
President Trump’s rescindment of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on September 5th has struck worry and fear in the large immigrant community in California. This program was established in 2012 under an executive order by former President Obama and provided undocumented youth with the necessary document to pursue higher education or work.
There are currently around 800,000 such DACA recipients in the country whose lives will be turned upside down if Congress does not pass bipartisan legislation to protect them by March 5, 2018.
Currently, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will not be accepting any new applications for DACA and DACA renewals were only be accepted until October 5, 2017.
California has taken steps in response to protect these DACA recipients.
On September 6, 2017, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that California would file a lawsuit against the Trump administration because California has a plurality of DACA recipients and its economy will suffer adversely if legislation is not passed to address DACA’s status.