Tompkins County
New York


Resolution to Urge the United States Congress to Preserve the Protections of Registered Individuals in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program by Passing the
Bipartisan-Supported Dream Act of 2017


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Category:Legislation or Funding - State and Federal


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Resolution/Document Body

              WHEREAS, Tompkins County values its ethnic, racial, linguistic, and socio-economic diversity where our diversity is a source of our municipality’s strength, and


              WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Legislature is committed to ensuring that all County residents can live and pursue their livelihoods in peace and prosperity and is committed to supporting legislation that ensures inalienable rights for all residents throughout the United States, and


              WHEREAS, nearly 800,000 young people who came to the United States as children voluntarily came forward, passed background checks, and received permission to live and work in America through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program established by executive order by President Obama in 2012, and


              WHEREAS, through the DACA program, immigrant youth have made significant contributions to the strength and resiliency of our country through advancing their education, starting small businesses, serving in the military, buying homes and cars, and more fully establishing themselves as integral members of our working economy and society, and


              WHEREAS, a majority of Americans (approximately 78%) believe that DACA-protected individuals should be allowed to remain in the United States and over 50% support a path to eventual citizenship, and


              WHEREAS, education, business, technology, and religious leaders across the country urge President Trump and Congress to safeguard DACA-protected individuals and cite significant social and economic consequences of a full repeal without an alternative protection, and


              WHEREAS, on September 5, 2017, President Trump ordered an end to the DACA program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation rescinding protections and rights that enabled them to be productive members of our economy, culture, and society, and


              WHEREAS, on July 20, 2017, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Dream Act of 2017 which would establish a road to lawful permanent resident (LPR) status or U.S. citizenship for registered DACA individuals, now therefore be it


              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature stands by immigrant youth, including those protected by DACA, and calls upon the United States Congress to prevent the revocation of the legal status from those protected under the five-year old DACA program by passing the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017, thereby strengthening the fabric of our economy and country,


RESOLVED, further, That the Clerk of the Legislature send copies of this resolution to Congressman Tom Reed; State Senators Tom O’Mara, James Seward, and Pamela Helming; to Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand; State Assemblymember Barbara Lifton; and Governor Andrew Cuomo.



Meeting History

Sep 6, 2017 3:30 PM  Government Operations Committee Regular Meeting

Mr. Klein said Legislator Kelles drafted this and is hoping it can be part of a national coordination of various municipalities that are adopting similar resolutions. Wording changes offered by Ms. Kiefer were accepted as friendly. It was requested that staff inform Ms. Kelles of the changes.

MOVER:Carol Chock, Vice Chair
SECONDER:Will Burbank, Member
AYES:Daniel Klein, Carol Chock, Dooley Kiefer, Will Burbank
Sep 19, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

Ms. Kelles briefly reported on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and said that this is moving rapidly.

Ms. Robertson suggested adding “serving in the military” to the fourth Whereas and changing the first Resolved to read “…Dream Act of 2017, thereby strengthening the fabric…”. These suggestions were accepted as friendly.

Mr. Sigler said he would support the resolution as it is a problem that needs to be taken care of by Congress and views this as a first step.

MOVER:Daniel Klein, Vice Chair
SECONDER:Anna Kelles, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler, Peter Stein