California leaders are announcing they will be giving 30 Million dollars of tax payer money to help DACA Recipients. 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 Wednesday. 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 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.”