Protecting Dreamers, Saving Local News, and Highlights from a Busy Week
Amidst all of the meetings, votes, and hearings last week, we took a historic vote in the House to protect Dreamers and introduced a bill to help save local news. Read more about all of our work below.
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AT A GLANCE
In this week’s Digest, you will find information on:
- Passage of the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6);
- Mark’s effort to save local news; and
- Meetings in the community.
Congressman DeSaulnier Votes to Protect Dreamers and TPS Holders
Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients are Americans in every way except on paper. The average TPS recipient has lived in the U.S. for 20 years building a new life for their families while contributing to our communities and our economies. In 2017, the Trump Administration removed protections for 800,000 Dreamers across the country when the President rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and has since removed protections for TPS holders from across the globe. The American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) provides a pathway to citizenship for eligible Dreamers and TPS holders. I was a proud sponsor of this bill and voted yes when it came to the floor. It passed by a vote of 237-to-187.
Mark Introduces the Saving Local News Act (H.R. 3126)
Local journalism has been a bedrock of American society for over 200 years. Today, however, many local newspapers are dying out – penny pinching until they close or are bought up and sold off piecemeal by hedge funds. To help save local papers, Congressman DeSaulnier introduced the Saving Local News Act (H.R. 3126), which makes it easier for written news organizations to become non-profits – allowing them to focus on content instead of profit margins and reduce their tax burden. To read more about this bill, click HERE.
BY THE NUMBERS
IN THE COMMUNITY
For the 10th year, Project ACCESS celebrated its annual cohort of adult English Language Learners transitioning from Mt. Diablo Unified School District Adult Education to Diablo Valley College.
The Developmental Disabilities Councils of Contra Costa and Alameda County hosted their 30th Joint Annual Awards Dinner in Walnut Creek.