County passes DACA resolution

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The Taos County Board of Commissioners met Thursday (October 5) for a regular meeting where they passed an item within their consent agenda in a 4-0 vote deciding to side with recipients of the Consideration Action for Deferred Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Members of the audience in support of the resolution sighed with relief when the Board passed the consent agent which included the resolution to support DACA recipients within the county. The resolution shows that the Board ultimately supports those under the act and even goes as far as saying recipients have "made an essential contribution to local economies, educational institutions and the U.S. Military."

Based on the resolution, the County will not encourage the deportation of DACA recipients due to the act's benefits for the county, people protected by it and in the interest of keeping families together. The resolution states that deportations due to the elimination of DACA by the current presidential administration would leave younger siblings without their families and the county will not participate in such acts.

DACA was passed in 2012 by the Obama administration to protect unauthorized childhood immigrant arrivals from immediate deportation. The act has stringent rules, ensuring those receiving protection have no criminal record and must be either enrolled in or have completed high school. In addition, those under DACA must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 and must have been in the U.S. before they turned 16.

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