Californians Rush to Fund DACA

Sep 25, 2017

Californians are being persuaded to donate their own money to “cover costs for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.” The renewal fee is $495. Judy London, an immigrant rights attorney, said, “These DACA beneficiaries are often working two jobs and paying college tuition. There is just not $495 lying around.” People who renew under DACA by October 5 will be protected for two years. One donor gave $50,000 to the effort to help more people sign up or renew under DACA. When the program ends in October, Congress will have six months to act to pass legislation legalizing the so-called Dreamers. According to Homeland Security, “the Department of Justice has carefully evaluated the program’s constitutionality and determined it conflicts with . . . existing immigrations laws.” California taxpayers will still have to fund some of the effort. $20 million was approved to be earmarked to support DACA recipients.