Antonio Villaraigosa: Defending DACA is a Test of the Nation’s True Values

Antonio Villaraigosa: Defending DACA is a Test of the Nation’s True Values

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For Immediate Release
September 5, 2017

Antonio Villaraigosa Says Defending DACA is a Test of the Nation’s True Values

Los Angeles – Antonio Villaraigosa, 41st Mayor of Los Angeles and candidate for Governor of California, said today that protecting the nearly 800,000 young people now in jeopardy of deportation is “a test of the nation’s true values.”

“If we can prevail, and protect these young Americans, we will show the nation and the world that America is still the land of freedom, equality and equal opportunity. This is a test of our nation’s true values – a test we simply cannot fail,” said Villaraigosa.

“Dreamers have learned in our schools and served in our military. They are our neighbors, work in our businesses, and many start the businesses where we work,” said Villaraigosa. “They are a vital part of our communities, and we cannot stand by while they are put at risk of deportation because of a reckless, and arguably racist, decision by Donald Trump.”

“Since 2012, Dreamers have been able to come out of the shadows, obtain DACA permits and work and contribute fully to the country they love. Congress must act – and act quickly to protect these young people and in doing so to affirm our most cherished values,” Villaraigosa said.

Villaraigosa is actively organizing supporters of DACA online through a petition and has also called for Californians to reach out to their members of Congress. In addition, Villaraigosa is encouraging supporters to contribute to organizations like Centro Legal De La Raza (, which provides legal assistance to immigrants, and United We Dream (

“I am proud to stand with Dreamers and their families. And I want to be clear: California will not be silenced or bullied – we will stand up for any member of our state who is threatened by this White House,” said Villaraigosa. “With our voices, our donations and our votes, we’re ready to fight back.”