$30 mil­lion for Cal­i­for­nia ‘Dream­ers’

San Francisco Chronicle - - NEWS - By Melody Gutierrez

Gov. Jerry Brown and leg­isla­tive lead­ers an­nounced a plan Tues­day to set aside $30 mil­lion to help im­mi­grants af­fected by Pres­i­dent Trump’s de­ci­sion to re­scind a pro­gram that shields thou­sands of them from de­por­ta­tion.

The De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals pro­gram al­lows im­mi­grants who came to the United States as chil­dren to ap­ply for tem­po­rary pro­tec­tions from de­por­ta­tion and to re­ceive work per­mits.

The plan is ex­pected to be dis­cussed by a leg­isla­tive com­mit­tee on Tues­day night. It would set aside $20 mil­lion for im­mi­gra­tion le­gal ser­vices and send $10 mil­lion to pub­lic col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties to pro­vide fi­nan­cial aid to DACA stu­dents, also known as “Dream­ers.” Of the $10 mil­lion, $7 mil­lion would go to com­mu­nity col­leges, $2 mil­lion to Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity and $1 mil­lion to the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia.

The new fund­ing is among the hun­dreds of bills be­ing con­sid­ered by the state Leg­is­la­ture in the fi­nal days of its ses­sion. Ma­jor leg­is­la­tion is still pend­ing, in­clud­ing a pack­age of af­ford­able hous­ing bills that would put a $4 bil­lion hous­ing bond on the 2018 bal­lot and a new real

es­tate fee to cre­ate $200 mil­lion to $300 mil­lion in hous­ing money each year.

The Leg­is­la­ture will also take up bills to cre­ate sanc­tu­ary state poli­cies, over­haul the sex of­fender reg­istry, re­quire the state to re­ceive all of its power from re­new­able sources by 2045 and al­low some coun­ties — in­clud­ing Alameda and San Francisco — to ap­prove safe in­jec­tion sites to re­duce opi­oid over­doses.

The last day for law­mak­ers to pass bills this ses­sion is Fri­day, push­ing law­mak­ers to move the new DACA fund­ing quickly fol­low­ing Tues­day’s an­nounce­ment.

“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,” said Se­nate Pres­i­dent Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los An­ge­les, in a state­ment. “Cal­i­for­nia is their home and they are our fu­ture.”

DACA was im­ple­mented in 2012 by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama to al­low im­mi­grants who came to the United States be­fore age 16 to ap­ply for twoyear re­new­able per­mits to live and work here if they have lived in the coun­try con­tin­u­ously since 2007 and were in school or have grad­u­ated from high school. Of the 800,000 par­tic­i­pat­ing im­mi­grants, more than 200,000 live in Cal­i­for­nia.

U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions an­nounced last week that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion will no longer ac­cept new DACA ap­pli­ca­tions. He said peo­ple cur­rently in the pro­gram can con­tinue with it un­til March 5, 2020, if they ap­ply for the re­quired re­newals.

“The new fund­ing for DACA ser­vices we are adding to the bud­get will pro­vide an­swers and help young Cal­i­for­ni­ans stay in the only coun­try they’ve ever known,” As­sem­bly Speaker An­thony Ren­don, D-Lake­wood, said in a state­ment. “Don­ald Trump may love chaos. Th­ese kids don’t de­serve it.”

On Mon­day, state At­tor­ney Gen­eral Xavier Be­cerra filed a law­suit in fed­eral court in San Francisco chal­leng­ing Trump’s de­ci­sion to end DACA. Cal­i­for­nia and three other states are ar­gu­ing that end­ing the pro­gram be­trayed the trust im­mi­grants placed in the govern­ment that their in­for­ma­tion would be kept pri­vate. In­stead, the home ad­dresses, fin­ger­prints and other in­for­ma­tion DACA par­tic­i­pants pro­vided will be used to help im­mi­gra­tion agents track them down, Be­cerra said.

Among the bills the Leg­is­la­ture passed this week that now head to Brown are:

AB10 by Assem­bly­woman Cristina Gar­cia, D-Bell Gar­dens, would re­quire schools that serve stu­dents from sixth grade and up and re­ceive Ti­tle 1 fund­ing for low-in­come stu­dents to pro­vide free tam­pons and pads in at least half of the re­strooms on cam­pus. Many schools al­ready pro­vide free fem­i­nine hy­giene prod­ucts in their front of­fice, but Gar­cia said cam­puses need to do more. The bill passed the As­sem­bly 70-4 and the Se­nate 39-0.

AB562 by Assem­bly­man Al Mu­rat­such, D-Tor­rance, would levy a civil fine of up to $5,000 to any­one who in­ten­tion­ally de­ceives, de­frauds, ob­structs or in­ter­feres with a state au­dit. The bill was in­tro­duced af­ter state au­di­tors re­vealed that the UC pres­i­dent’s of­fice in­ter­fered with a sur­vey the au­di­tor sent to cam­puses, ren­der­ing the re­sults use­less. The bill passed the As­sem­bly 77-0 and Se­nate 36-0.

AB242 by Assem­bly­men Joaquin Aram­bula, D-Fresno, and Jim Pat­ter­son, R-Fresno, would re­quire the State Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health to re­port ev­ery year to the Leg­is­la­ture on the num­ber of vet­eran sui­cides. The bill passed the As­sem­bly 77-0 and the Se­nate 38-0.

SB797 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Ma­teo, would al­low San Ma­teo, San Francisco and Santa Clara coun­ties to place 1/8-cent tax mea­sures on their bal­lots to fund Cal­train if first ap­proved by two-thirds of Cal­train’s board, two-thirds of each county’s board of su­per­vi­sors and a ma­jor­ity of San Francisco Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­porta­tion Agency, San Ma­teo County Tran­sit Dis­trict, and the Santa Clara Val­ley Trans­porta­tion Author­ity. It passed 48-27 in the As­sem­bly and 26-12 in the Se­nate.

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