Sept. 12, 2017: Senate committee to vote early Wednesday on earmarking $30 million to help DACA residents

September 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to remove the cloud of uncertainty that hangs over the heads of thousands of young Californians, a key Senate committee is expected to vote tomorrow on a $30 million emergency plan to provide them legal and financial assistance.

The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, chaired by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, will vote on the plan, a combined effort by Gov. Brown’s office and the leadership of both houses, to aid residents here under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The money would pay for immigration services to help those facing uncertainty about their ability to remain in the U.S. after last week’s order by President Trump to end the Obama-era program unless Congress approves a replacement. Those programs include the California DREAM Loan Program and emergency aid for college students. 

The financial support for DACA recipients will come from $20 million in additional funding for immigration legal services under the One California program. This new funding will be specifically targeted to assist DACA recipients.

An additional $10 million in financial aid funding for undocumented students will be broken down as follows:

  • $7 million for California Community College Students;
  • $2 million for California State University students via the Dream Loan Program;
  • $1 million for University of California students via the Dream Loan Program. 

This $10 million in funding is for a “safety net” for DACA students should they become unable to work to support their education. The money would be available immediately on passage of the measure, known as SB 115 in the Senate AB 130 in the Assembly.                                                            

  • WHO: Members of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, chaired by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell of Los Angeles.
  • WHAT: A committee vote on a plan to allocate $30 million to help ‘Dreamers,’ or the children of undocumented immigrants.
  • WHEN: Exact timing will be at a time and location to be announced during Senate session, which convenes at 10 a.m. and is expected to run until about 6 p.m.
  • WHERE: Pending; will likely be either Room 4203 or Room 3191, which is the hearing room nearest the Senate Chamber.   
  • WHY? To help the thousands of residents threatened with deportation.

For more information, visit Sen. Mitchell’s Web site HERE or at the address below.


NOTE: This advisory was updated late Tuesday, Sept. 12, to reflect changes in time of budget hearing.

Sen. Mitchell is chair of the Senate Budget Committee. A member of the Legislature for more than six years,  she represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 30, which includes Culver City and much of Los Angeles. See a map of Mitchell’s district that includes a demographic breakdown of its residents and more HERE. Learn more at


Communications Director

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, Senate District 30

Capitol Building, Room 5080

Sacramento, Calif. 95814

(916) 651-4030 office; 916 717-0513 cell