On 9th anniversary of DACA, Sánchez reiterates support for permanent protections for immigrant youth and 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

June 15, 2021
Press Release
Sánchez highlights constituent and DACA recipient from Pico Rivera in push for more robust reform

WASHINGTON – On the 9th anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) reiterated her call for permanent solutions for 11 million immigrants living in the United States. Sánchez highlighted a local constituent and DACA recipient, Aidee, who the Congresswoman helped with her DACA permit renewal, as an example for the need for permanent solutions.

“DACA has helped hundreds of thousands of students and young people in this country, but that relief is temporary and simply not enough,” said Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez. “DACA has served as a temporary solution for so many students like Aidee. But Aidee is one of thousands forced to renew their applications for deferred action after nearly a decade of inaction from Congress. Aidee and DACA recipients across Southern California embody exactly what immigrants bring to our communities and to our economy every day. It is long-overdue that we deliver a pathway to citizenship not only to them, but to the 11 million immigrants in this country who live and work right here in our very neighborhoods.”

Aidee is originally from Mexico and now lives in Pico Rivera, California. She has been a DACA recipient since 2012 and in June of this year, her permit was set to expire. When she did not hear back about her renewal application, she called Congresswoman Sánchez’s district office for assistance with her Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewal. With help from the casework team in the Congresswoman’s office, Aidee received her renewal ahead of the June deadline.

“I have been a DACA recipient since 2012. Thanks to DACA I now work for a one of the largest counties in the nation with first responders,” said Aidee. “Alongside that, I am completing my degree in management with a full ride scholarship to California State University. I do hope Congress votes on something soon to help the many Dreamers like myself that rely on people like Congresswoman Linda Sánchez make our voices be heard.”

Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez continued: “I am proud to join my colleagues in championing a path to citizenship for Dreamers, but we can and must do more. We need relief for the undocumented immigrants who came to this country to work hard, who drive our economy, and who contribute to our communities every day. Since the founding of our nation, immigrants have played a vital role in creating the diverse and dynamic country we all call home. This is especially true in California, which has the largest population of undocumented immigrants in the country. It is far past time for Congress to provide an earned path to citizenship for them.”

Congresswoman Sánchez is the lead House sponsor of the U.S. Citizenship Act, a bold, inclusive, and humane framework for the future of our country’s immigration system.