California Legislative Leaders, Governor Agree on $30 Million in Funding to Assist DACA Recipients

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislative leaders and Governor Jerry Brown have agreed to provide $30 million in assistance to Dreamers in response to President Trump’s recent decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“We will not let one man with xenophobic tendencies undercut years of progress we have made in California to integrate these young adults into our society and economy,” said Senator President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). “California is their home and they are our future.”

Added Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood): “The new funding for DACA services we are adding to the budget will provide answers and help young Californians stay in the only country they’ve ever known. Donald Trump may love chaos. These kids don’t deserve it.”

The financial support for DACA recipients will come from $20 million in additional funding for immigration legal services under the One California program. This new funding will be specifically targeted to assist DACA recipients.

An additional $10 million in financial aid for Dreamers will be broken down as follows:

  • $7 million for California community college students;
  • $2 million for California State University students via the Dream Loan Program;
  • $1 million for University of California students via the Dream Loan Program. 

The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee today will hear the DACA funding proposal at a time and location to be announced during Senate session.