Wednesday, September 20, a full house at the Santa Rosa Junior College Bertolini Student Center welcomed Congress members Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman, and Assembly member Jim Wood, representatives from SRJC, the county and the legal community and student activists to a forum on DACA.
Young people who have registered for DACA have only until October 5 to file for extensions to their right to stay in the country - and only if their renewal falls before March 5. Of course, all these dates and deadlines are subject to change as Congress works on the latest iteration of the "Dream Act."
Local Spanish language media have been so concerned about the mental health of DACA recipients, they've been giving out the number for national suicide prevention hotlines. This brings home the disruption that President Trump's executive order ending DACA has caused. (English: 1-800-273-8255; Español 1-888-628-9454.
View the entire Town Hall below:
Information sessions for DACA recipients have been held throughout Sonoma County, and there are three more scheduled:
Saturday, September 23, 2017 1-4 p.m.
Cook Middle School
2480 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa
Hosted by County Superintendent Steven Herrington
Thursday, September 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
Kawana Springs Elementary
2121 Moraga Dr., Santa Rosa
Hosted by Supervisor Shirlee Zane
Thursday, October 12, 6-7:30 p.m.
Geyserville Elementary School,
21485 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville.
Hosted by Supervisor James Gore
On September 22, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors issued the following statement, which reads in part:
The Board of Supervisors have adopted a resolution to affirm the County’s commitment to protect and support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) recipients and all immigrant community members in Sonoma County. This action seeks to relieve fear and anxiety of local residents resulting from the memorandum issued by the Department of Homeland Security on September 5, 2017, to rescind the DACA Program. Additionally, the Board recommended to aid local recipients with the $495 renewal fee.
“Our local undocumented residents are under assault by the federal government,” said Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane. “Rescinding DACA threatens the health and safety of the 6,000 DACA-eligible individuals in Sonoma County, 4,000 of whom are K-12 students. Despite these changes, we want you to know we are here to protect our immigrant community, provide families with essential services and support, and are urging our federal representatives to develop and pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation.”