Santa Rosa, CA – September 22, 2017 – 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.
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.”
specific to the DACA decision and renewal assistance has been added to the
County’s website at: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/CAO/Immigration-Initiative/Deferred-Action-for-Childhood-Arrivals/
adds to the many efforts the Board of Supervisors have taken this year to
support Sonoma County’s immigrant community. In February, the Board
created the Sonoma County Immigration Initiative, including the establishment
of the Secure Families Fund and the Unaccompanied Child Deportation Defense
Program, which provide much-needed immigration legal services. The Board
additionally adopted the 2017-18 State and Federal Legislative Platform in
January, which authorized legislative advocacy efforts, including the County’s
support of efforts to enhance legal protections for undocumented immigrants and
to increase funding to support this community.
The Board of
Supervisors is currently hosting Immigration Policy and Services Community
Meetings in each District throughout the County to
bring attention to this issue, help inform residents of their rights and
available services, provide a forum for service providers, and receive input
and feedback from the community. The community is encouraged to attend
one of the remaining meetings:
Saturday, September 23, 1-4:30pm
Cook Middle School
Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa.
DACA Renewal Legal Services Clinic only,
the County and the Sonoma County Office of Education
Thursday, September 28, 6-7:30pm
Kawana Springs Elementary
Moraga Drive, Santa Rosa.
Hosted by Supervisor Shirlee Zane
Thursday, October 12, 6-7:30pm
Geyserville Elementary School
21485 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville.
Hosted by Supervisor James Gore
information about the Sonoma County Immigration Initiative, including a
community calendar of immigration related events, can be found here: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/CAO/Immigration-Initiative/.