STATEMENT: CCALAC Says DACA Program Integral to American Ideals

Posted: September 8, 2017

Members of Congress Must Pass Legislation to Protect These Youth

LOS ANGELES – September 6, 2017 –  Today Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) released the following statement urging members of Congress to pass legislation that would make the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrival (DACA) Program permanent.

“We cannot take away the American dream for so many hard working youth, especially those whose passion is serving and strengthening their communities,” McCarthy said.

“We will continue to fight along our allies, our communities and other advocates to protect the rights of these young people,” McCarthy continued. “We now look to Congress to protect those rights. Everyone needs to call upon their members of Congress to act and pass legislation that continues to protect this population.”

Since its launch by the Obama administration in August 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has provided work authorization and a two-year reprieve from deportation to nearly 800,000 unauthorized immigrants who came to the United States as children. An analysis earlier this year by the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute found that California is home to more than 1 in every 4 DACA participants. Los Angeles County topped the list, with 180,000 eligible residents.

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 62 members that operate over 350 clinic sites throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Contact:
Alex Medina, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6500
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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