City Council Considers Fund for DACA Recipients

Protests broke out nationwide after President Donald Trump announced the end of DACA. Photo by Charlie Moehle / Flickr Creative Commons.

The Cambridge City Council will discuss a policy order on Monday night that would establish a fund to aid Cambridge DACA recipients.

The policy order comes after President Donald Trump announced a six-month-delayed ending of the Obama-era program that protected undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

The deadline for current DACA recipients to renew their status is Oct. 5. DACA recipients have to pay a $495 fee every two years to renew their status, according to the policy order.

The fund would be made up of private donations. The policy order asks the city manager’s office to decide whether the city can legally collect donations from organizations and individuals and distribute them to DACA recipients.

About 7,800 “Dreamers” live in Cambridge and the Boston area, according to the order.

Mayor Denise Simmons and Vice Mayor Marc McGovern are sponsoring the order.

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