Solis asks LA County “restrict travel” to states opposing DREAM Act
By Elizabeth Marcelino, City News Service
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis will ask her colleagues next week to approve a motion restricting county government travel and spending in states that threatened legal action to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DREAM Act program.
Solis said Tuesday she was “disgusted” and “disillusioned” when she
heard Attorney General Jeff Sessions announce that DACA will be phased out.
Solis and Supervisor Janice Hahn hosted Mayor Eric Garcetti and dozens
of DACA recipients and immigrant-rights advocates at a rally and news
conference outside the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration before the Board of
Supervisors meeting Tuesday.
One of the speakers, Carlos, who came to the United States from Mexico
at 2 years old, works as a member of Hahn’s staff and attends Cal State Los
Angeles. Hahn teared up as she said DACA was enacted on the day Carlos
graduated from high school.
“Carlos is just as American as I am and he belongs here with his
family, with his friends,” Hahn said.
Yamilex Rustrian, the daughter of a janitor and union member, noted that
President Donald Trump didn’t step forward to personally present the plan to
roll back DACA, but said she wasn’t afraid to go public with her own message.
“I have something to tell you, Donald Trump,” Rustrian said. “I will
not be used as a bargaining chip.”
Supervisor Kathryn Barger, the only Republican on the non-partisan
board, read comments from then-President Barack Obama declaring his original
executive order on DACA a “stopgap” and said she heard Sessions’ announcement
as a challenge to Congress.
“(Immigration policy) has been a priority for over 15 years,” Barger
said. “As a Republican sitting on the Board of Supervisors, I, for one,
believe that it’s time to do something.”
Barger said she supports the BRIDGE Act proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham
(R-South Carolina) and Dick Durbin (D-Illinios), which is aimed at protecting
Others speaking about the DREAM Act called out specific legislators who might help push new
Garcetti mentioned House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah,
saying, “I love the words. Let’s see the action.”
Solis named Republican “friends in Arizona,” including Sens. John
McCain and Jeff Flake, and later said the current political climate might
provide “a good opportunity to get something done.”