The Santa Clara Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved $1.8 million for undocumented immigrants eligible for administrative relief in the immigration process.
The one-time funding will be available for 20 months, starting in April, according to the board, and that money will be distributed to nonprofits that provide services to immigrants through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
An estimated 50,000 county residents are potentially eligible for help under the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programs, according to the board.
Deferred action temporarily authorizes non-U.S. citizens to remain in the country and apply for a work permit. Under DAPA and DACA, deferred action is currently valid for a period of three years.
Board president Dave Cortese said in a prepared statement that in the absence of a coordinated outreach campaign, "notarios," or notaries, are preying on eligible immigrants by offering them a path to citizenship and taking their money without guiding them through the legal process.
The county plans to launch an outreach campaign to educate the community about DAPA and DACA and establish a partnership with the City of San Jose to coordinate and share funding.
The plan also requires regular reports from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation on how the $1.8 million in funding is being spent.