DACA School Board Rally Calls On Funding Need for Recipients

Educators, students, parents, and community members rallied at the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education after school on Tuesday, September 12, to testify to the devastating impact of the Trump administration’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and to raise awareness of the time-sensitive need for DACA renewal funds.


Above, student Sheilly Martinez is interviewed by a Telemundo reporter.

Thousands of Los Angeles Unified students, alumni, teachers, and school staff face a tight October 5 deadline to renew their DACA permits and extend their temporary protected status. Many applicants are in need of financial support to cover the $495 renewal fee. UTLA, through our nonprofit United Teacher Education Fund (UTEF), is donating $60,000 to community groups that are on the ground and helping people process DACA renewals right now, including the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice—LA.

“Trump’s actions are a direct attack on our immigrant students and families and they are antithetical to our values as public school educators,” UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl said. “We are committed to helping DACA recipients pursue renewal as part of our broader resolve to work with the community to protect all students and families from deportation and detention, stop the border wall, and prevent Trump from holding the DACA program hostage to gain concessions for his inhumane, anti-immigrant agenda.”

At the Tuesday rally, we will hear from DACA students and teachers and call on other community organizations and wealthy individuals to contribute funds for DACA renewals.

"We are most appreciative of the support of UTLA and the union’s commitment to ensure educational opportunities are available for all students, regardless of immigration status,” said Angelica Salas, Executive Director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). “As a key window of opportunity opens for 154,000 DACA recipients, CHIRLA stands ready to serve as many young immigrants renewing their permit as possible. With UTLA's generous donation, we will ensure every young person who wishes to renew does so by October 5 without worrying about how they will pay for the government fees. Thank you, UTLA."

In the five years since the creation of DACA, the program has transformed the lives of nearly 800,000 young people by allowing them to go to school, work, and be temporarily safe from deportation. California is home to more than 200,000 “DACAmented” immigrants, with the largest group living in the Southern California.