Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2017 #265
ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED
Oct 2, 2017 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested, in as timely manner as possible, to determine if Cambridge can legally assist DACA beneficiaries by collecting donations from individuals and organizations and managing and dispersing such raised donations on a reimbursement basis to Cambridge DACA beneficiaries.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, MMSponsors:Vice Mayor Marc C. McGovern, Mayor E. Denise Simmons, Councillor David P. Maher, Councillor Timothy J. Toomey
Category:Policy Order

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. ORIGINAL ORDER

Body

WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge has historically been a proud supporters of Immigrants, including Undocumented Immigrant Rights; and 

 

 

WHEREAS:

Since 1985 Cambridge has been a Sanctuary City; becoming one of the first communities in the United States to enact such important legislation; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), was created by President Obama five years ago to protect children who due to no fault of their own were brought to the United States by their parents as unauthorized immigrants; and 

 

 

WHEREAS:

The U.S. government is not accepting new DACA applications and will stop accepting renewal applications on October 5th. Those currently enrolled in the program retain their benefits, which last for a total of two years; and 

 

 

WHEREAS:

DACA recipients, commonly referred to as, "Dreamers" of which approximately 7800 DACA beneficiaries live in the Cambridge/Boston area are required to pay a $495 fee every two years often struggle to pay this fee; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Cambridge has historically acted proactively to assist any and all immigrants in need of help; now therefore be it


 

 

ORDERED:

That the Cambridge City Manager's office, in as timely manner as possible, determine if Cambridge can legally assist DACA beneficiaries by collecting donations from individuals and organizations, in addition to managing and dispersing such raised donations on a reimbursement basis to Cambridge DACA beneficiaries

 

Meeting History

Oct 2, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED