Orange County is celebrating Supreme Court, state legislative and local school district victories for Black lives, LGBTQ lives, immigrants and public health. DNC Member-Elect and Democratic Party of Orange County Chair Ada Briceño says these victories are crucial, but we’re far from done.
Among U.S. counties, Orange County has the fourth-largest population of people eligible for DACA protection, with an estimated 54,000 eligible last year, according to data from the Migration Policy Institute.
Ada Briceño, a Co-President for the hotel workers union, UNITE HERE Local 11, in Orange County challenges her labor colleagues this Labor Day to embrace immigrant rights and stand with 800,000 young people across the nation who receive refuge as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) just as President Trump reconsiders the program.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was designed to give undocumented immigrants who arrived as children a chance to go to college and get work. But some who’ve had troubles at school or with law enforcement see it as a trap.
A mother says that if she’d had a better understanding of her son’s juvenile justice proceedings, the information would have guided her decisions in court in the spring of 2012 when he was found delinquent for carrying a weapon – a pocket knife – on school grounds.