Fresno City Councilmembers urge Council to support DACA recipients in legal brief to Supreme Court

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FRESNO, California (KSEE) – Fresno Councilmembers Esmeralda Soria Miguel Arias, and Nelson Esparza held a press conference at City Hall Wednesday, asking for fellow councilmembers to join dozens of other cities urging the Supreme Court to continue aid to DACA recipients.

“The city of Fresno represents nearly 5,000 college students, workers and professionals who are recipients of DACA,” said Arias.

America Hernandez is a DACA recipient. She said what is happening nationally is affecting thousands right here in Fresno.

“They are influencing thousands of lives,” Hernandez said. “So, lives like mine who have been here in the United States for many years.”

Hernandez said she wouldn’t have the job she has now without help from the program.

“After DACA came through in 2012, I was able to come back to Fresno and get back into the professional world,” Hernandez said.

Councilmember Esmeralda Soria said approving a resolution in support of DACA won’t cost the city anything.

“It doesn’t cost the city a penny to add because we would just be another city that would be written in as a supporter of the amicus brief,” Soria said.

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand was not at the press conference but released a statement saying, “While I’ve always been supportive of DACA and comprehensive immigration reform, I’m not supportive of using taxpayer money on legal briefs that won’t move the needle in Washington.”

The councilmembers will vote on a resolution Thursday.

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