Planned rally at Richmond City Hall to call for ‘clean Dream Act’

Contra Costa County leaders, immigrant advocates and others are planning to rally at Richmond City Hall on Thursday as part of a national day of action urging Congress to pass “a clean Dream Act bill,” which would provide permanent protection for hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought into the U.S. as children.

The rally will run from 11 a.m. to noon at 450 Civic Center Plaza.

Last month, President Trump decided to phase out President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA provides temporary protection from deportation for nearly 800,000 individuals brought to the U.S. as minors. Trump also challenged Congress to come up with a permanent bill addressing this specific group of undocumented immigrants before DACA phases out March 5.

With the 2017 Congressional session ending Dec. 15, immigrant advocates are calling on Congress to pass a newly proposed “Clean Dream Act” (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) within the next month to prevent further delay.

By clean, they are describing a bill that doesn’t include enforcement add-ons that may weaken protections.

For more information about this immigration battle, check out this recent story by The Hill.

At Thursday’s rally in Richmond, speakers will share details about resources for supporting the local immigrant community.

Thursday’s rally is being held by Organizing for Action in partnership with The Office of Supervisor John Gioia, ACLU of Northern California, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, Contra Costa Racial Justice Coalition, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Healthy Richmond, United HERE Local 2850, RYSE Center, and the California Immigrant Rights & Protection Coalition.