The specter of deporting 800,000 undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as children drew a full house to the Call to Action by the League of Women Voters Pasadena Sept. 9. More than 50 people wrote 177 postcards to elected representatives.
“We have to do something to help these wonderful young people who have demonstrated their belief in the American Dream,” was one message opposing the reversal of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
The League is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants and supports SB 54 California Values Act, which is now before the Assembly. The act promotes reunification of immediate families, provides of student visas and ensures fair treatment under the law.
Other issues on the table were climate change, voting rights, affordable housing and racism.
The League believes climate change is by far the greatest challenge to the balance of our ecosystem. LWV supports the 100 Percent Clean Energy Act — SB 100.
The League remains committed to fighting suppression tactics that threaten the right to vote.
LWV supports an affordable housing bill in California — SB2, Building Homes and Jobs Act. Also, SB3, Minimum Wage; In-home Supportive Services; Pid Sick Days.
As for racism, Chris Carson, president of the national LWV, says: “There is no place for hatred and violence in our democracy and all leaders must condemn acts of domestic terrorism.”