As many of you have heard, the Trump Administration has moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which is a direct assault on the principles and values of our American Dream.
Antonio has been doing everything he can to organize and rally support for these Dreamers. Already, more than 20,000 Californians have signed on to our petition calling for our state to stand with Dreamers and for Congress to take legislative action.
“My name is Janeth, I’m 24 years old. I came to this country when I was 10. We came from a poor and violent state in Mexico. At a small age I had to grow up so fast, not having a mom or dad by my side. My mom had to cross the desert and suffer, looking for ‘THE AMERICAN DREAM.’
“DACA has opened so many doors to me and my family. I want to be a translator and entrepreneur. I just want to make my mom proud. And it’s heart breaking knowing what can happen to us since I don’t remember a lot of things from Mexico. This state is my home and I’m afraid to be sent back and kill all my dreams. Please help us. Please help defend DACA.” — Janeth Lanz, Napa
“California gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa called President Trump’s decision on Tuesday to phase out the DACA program as ‘arguably racist’ and urged Congress to act to allow young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to continue to live and work in the country legally.” – Los Angeles Times, 9/05/17
“Congresswoman Karen Bass has endorsed former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor 2018 at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, one of his most prominent endorsements from the African American community so far.” – L.A. Watts Times, 8/31/17
“‘What a governor he will be,’ Congresswoman Bass said. ‘Antonio is working to lift up this state so everyone everywhere has equal opportunities. So good jobs are not just for people in Silicon Valley or Silicon Beach, but for everyone. So good schools are not just in wealthy neighborhoods, but for everyone, everywhere. So we are not a wealthy coast and a struggling inland, but one California [where] every single one of us has a chance to learn and earn.'” – Los Angeles Times, 8/29/17