News Release -- Mayor Warren, City of Rochester, Joins 25 Local Governments on Amicus Brief to Protect the DACA Program

News Release  

Mayor Warren, City of Rochester, Joins 25 Local Governments on Amicus Brief to Protect the DACA Program

(Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that Rochester has joined with 25 other cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in signing on to an amicus brief filed to halt the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The legal document seeks an injunction against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to prevent the federal government from ending the program or using information obtained from DACA applicants for deportation proceedings.

“DACA is synonymous with the American Dream,” said Mayor Warren. “No matter where you come from or what your background is, if you are willing to work hard, you can make it in America.  President Trump’s intent to end DACA is wrong, and un-American. I am proud to join with my colleagues from across the country to stand up to protect DACA and I pledge to continue doing everything in my power to protect our citizens from the damaging policies of the Trump administration.”

The amicus brief states that local jurisdictions will suffer direct economic harm if DACA is rescinded due to the removal of hundreds of thousands of workers, business owners and taxpayers from their respective economies. This is particularly true in Rochester, with its concentration of higher educational institutions and high-tech industries.

 The brief also states that ending DACA will make communities less safe and would lead to DACA recipients being much less likely to report criminal activity to law enforcement out of fear of deportation.  

 The complete list of entities signing the brief is: The City of Los Angeles, California; the City of Austin, Texas; the City of Boston, Massachusetts, the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts; the City of Chelsea, Massachusetts; the City of Chicago, Illinois; Cook County, Illinois; the City and County of Denver, Colorado; the District of Columbia; the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii; the City of Houston, Texas; King County, Washington; the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota; the City of New York, New York; the City of Oakland, California; the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the City of Portland, Oregon; the City of Providence, Rhode Island; the City of Sacramento, California; the City and County of San Francisco, California; the City of Somerville, Massachusetts; the City of Rochester, New York; the City of Santa Monica, California; the City of Seattle, Washington; the City of Tucson, Arizona; the City of West Hollywood, California; and the United States Conference of Mayors.


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