As a member of this community and as the mayor of San Luis Obispo, I will do everything in my power to ensure that those covered under DACA will be protected and respected, and the promises to them will be upheld. The people who were brought to this country by their parents in the hopes of having a better life have become a part of us and a part of the fabric of our society.
They are a vital part of our community. We are better because of them, and we will not stand by while promises are broken. Many of our local students are Dreamers, and they perfectly represent what is great about this country and personify what the American Dream is meant to be. The actions being taken by the federal government are not only morally bankrupt but also economically short-sighted to take away opportunities and freedom for these young people who are building their own lives while greatly contributing to our community.
Heidi Harmon, San Luis Obispo