Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
On June 15, President Barack Obama announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States through no fault of their own as young children and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or not entered into removal proceedings. On August 15, 2012, USCIS immediately began accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for eligible youth.
At a press conference on August 7 at La Placita Church in Los Angeles, Rep. Becerra was joined by Reps. Karen Bass (CA-33) and Judy Chu (CA-32) to urge young people who believe they are eligible to review the deferred action guidelines and caution applicants to avoid providers of fraudulent services and secure help from trusted community and legal organizations.
Fixing Our Broken Immigration System
America is a nation of immigrants, and many of us are the descendants of immigrants who came to the United States seeking freedom and opportunity. It is that determination to build a better life for our children and future generations that makes our nation so strong.
Our current immigration system is broken, and has been for some time. It keeps families of legal immigrants and U.S. citizens separated for decades. It allows for the exploitation of undocumented workers. It discourages legal immigration and does not meet the needs of our economy. And it keeps millions of hardworking, law abiding families who have lived in our communities for decades hiding in the shadows.
Rep. Becerra believes the only solution is comprehensive immigration reform that is tough, smart and fair. That means:
Passing comprehensive immigration reform will keep America strong.
The DREAM Act
The DREAM Act is common-sense legislation that would give students who grew up in the United States a chance to contribute to our country's future by serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or pursuing a higher education.
On December 8th, 2010 the House of Representatives passed the DREAM Act by a vote of 216-198. Regrettably, the measure was blocked by a minority of Senators using a procedural tactic—the filibuster—to kill the measure despite the majority support.
Following that vote, Rep. Becerra said: "The dream is within reach of becoming reality. And it's no mystery why both Democrats and Republicans supported the DREAM Act—it's a sensible solution that embodies fundamental American values. This bill pulls from the shadows children who grew up pledging allegiance to our flag, speaking our language and—despite difficult circumstances—graduating from our high schools.
"Pay your fees and taxes, put on the uniform to serve our country or excel so that you are college bound. That is the way to get on the right path as an immigrant. The DREAM Act is not only the right thing to do for some of the best and brightest children caught in a broken immigration system, it is a smart thing to do for our country and our future."
Secure Communities: "We've Reached The Tipping Point"
On June 10, Rep. Becerra was joined by Reps. Judy Chu (CA-32), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) and former Los Angeles police chief and current City Councilmember Bernard C. Parks (CD-8) and Councilmember Jan Perry (CD-9) at a press conference on the steps of City Hall to urge Governor Jerry Brown to join the governors of New York, Illinois and Massachusetts and suspend California's participation in the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Secure Communities program. At the press conference Rep. Becerra released a letter to Gov. Brown signed by seven area members of Congress asking him to suspend California's participation in the program. Watch Rep. Becerra's remarks at the press conference here:
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