On October 4, 2019, the City of Long Beach joined with a total of 105 cities and counties an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the case of Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. The lawsuit was originally filed by the Regents of the University of California in 2017 in response to the Trump Administration’s rescission of the program.
“DACA has been crucial in helping so many Dreamers pursue their goals of contributing to their communities and nation,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I am proud to have the City of Long Beach sign onto the DACA amicus brief along with over 105 cities, counties and other municipalities. Long Beach stands with our immigrant residents and with immigrant communities across the nation.”
On July 16, 2019, City Council authorized the City of Long Beach to join the Cities and Counties amicus brief supporting DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers, at the Supreme Court level. The brief was authored by the City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles.
DACA recipients, all of whom arrived in the United States as minors before their 16th birthdays, are temporarily protected from deportation while attending school and/or working in the U.S. Prior to DACA, many undocumented people who grew up in the United States feared deportation while going about everyday life, including attending school and work.
The non-partisan advocacy groups National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the International Municipal Lawyers Association and the International City/County Management Association have also signed onto the brief for a total of 109 supporters.
The Department of Homeland Security implemented the DACA program in 2012, granting certain immigrants who entered the U.S. as children a renewable two-year term of deferred action from deportation if they do not have serious criminal records and satisfy educational or military service requirements. More than 800,000 people have benefited from DACA since its inception.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on this case on November 12, 2019.
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.