18 Jun


In just a moment, I’m going to ask you to contribute to support undocumented youth who need help renewing DACA through United We Dream’s DACA Renewal Fund. But first, I hope you’ll let me explain why this fund is so critical right now, and what exactly your contribution would achieve.

DACA was first announced six years ago this week, as a way to protect undocumented youth who came to the United States as children from deportation, and to allow them the opportunities to access education, start their careers, stay with their families, and build a life here.

It is true that the Administration ended this program for new applicants. But current DACA recipients can still apply for renewal thanks to a court ruling — and it’s critical that all who can renew are able to do so.

Renewing DACA, however, is not only complicated but also expensive. DACA recipients must pay a $495 renewal application fee, and for many undocumented youth, that is just not possible. That’s where we come in:

United We Dream has set up a DACA Renewal Fund and is hosting clinics around the country to help DACA recipients apply for renewal, including covering application fees for those who can’t afford it. But at $495 per fee, this adds up quickly, and they will need a tremendous outpouring of support from folks like you to ensure all those who need help receive it. That’s why I’m asking:

Can you donate to the DACA Renewal Fund now to support this important resource for DACA recipients across the country?

If you’ve saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation to the DACA Renewal Fund will go through immediately:

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Just in California alone, there are over 50 DACA recipients who have requested scholarships to cover their renewal application fees. And across the country, there are hundreds more. It won’t be easy to raise the resources we need to cover these scholarships, but I know that if enough of us are willing to come together now, we can make a difference for these kids.

In this political climate, we are limited in what we can accomplish in Congress to protect undocumented youth. But right now, we have an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of DACA recipients across the country — and there is absolutely nothing the Administration or anyone else can do to stop us from helping with DACA renewal fees.

I am personally asking you to add a donation to the DACA Renewal Fund today of $4.95, $495, or whatever is meaningful to you:

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I hope I can count on you to join us in this important work.

Thank you for all you do,

— Kamala

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18 Jun

They want to sideline Kamala

Here’s the truth: ever since Kamala became a leading voice against this Administration’s radical agenda, Republicans have been attacking her as part of a plan to silence her voice in the election.

A few months ago, it was Sean Hannity calling her “unhinged” for challenging Republicans for not protecting Dreamers from deportation.

This month it’s the NRSC — the organization responsible for electing GOP candidates to the U.S. Senate — attacking Tammy Baldwin for campaigning with Kamala just this past weekend.

And don’t get me started about the army of right-wing trolls and bots that tweet at Kamala every single day. It’s disturbing, to say the least.

Why is this happening? Because Republicans know how effective the movement we’ve built has become over the past year. They’ve watched us raise millions of dollars for Democratic candidates and fight back effectively against Trump’s agenda.

We cannot let them sideline Kamala or any of our voices in this election — can you pitch in and help us fight back today?

Add a donation to Kamala’s campaign before tonight’s deadline. We’re behind on our goals for the month and this moment is too important to fall short with control of the House and Senate on the line:

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There is a real choice in this election and even though Kamala isn’t on the ballot this year, our values are — and we need to fight for them.

Kamala is going to stay focused on doing her job and traveling the country to support our great candidates heading into November. She needs to know you will have her back in the face of these attacks.

Thanks for everything you do.

— Jenn

Jenn Liu
Finance Director
Team Kamala

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14 Jun

Fake Nunes

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13 Jun

Summer in the San Joaquin Valley

Dear Friend,

Summer is one of my favorite times in our Valley. During this time of year, you can see everywhere the hard work of people serving our communities and feeding our nation. As we head into the summer, I would like to share some of the work I have been doing to serve the Valley.

Increasing Affordable Homeownership

Affordable housing is essential for hard working people. Last week, I hosted a housing roundtable in Merced with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Jimmy Stracner, additional HUD officials, and nearly 20 housing leaders and local officials. Merced County’s homeownership statistics fall well below the national average, and the purpose of the meeting was to have local and federal leaders sit down together and consider ways to provide more opportunities for homeownership in Merced County.

As I have always said, homeownership is the foundation for a strong middle class. It’s part and parcel of the American Dream. The single largest investment that the average American family makes in a lifetime is the purchase of a home. The values of pride of property, understanding the complexity of financing a home, and living in a house where families can flourish are all made possible by homeownership. Both Regional Administrator Stracner and I are planning on continuing this collaboration so we can increase the opportunity for affordable homeownership for individuals and families across the San Joaquin Valley.

Congressman Costa at affordable housing roundtable

Improving Access to Health Care

On May 31st, I had the honor of joining the groundbreaking ceremony for Camarena Health’s new multi-facility health care campus in Chowchilla. The new campus will offer a full range of health care services, including medical, dental, behavioral health, optometry, and health education services.

Over the years, I have worked closely with health care providers and medical professionals to improve health care across the San Joaquin Valley. Increasing access to high-quality, affordable health care is vital for the well-being of our communities, both now and in the future. Camarena’s new health care campus is a sign that we are making progress, but we are not done yet. I will continue to both fight for Valley needs in Washington and work with health care leaders so we can improve health care. The people of our Valley need and deserve access to the best possible health care.

Congressman Costa at groundbreaking of Camarena Health’s new multi-facility health care campus in Chowchilla

Securing Water for the Valley

On Thursday, we passed a significant piece of water infrastructure legislation – H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act – by a vote of 408 to 2. I worked on a bipartisan basis to improve the legislation by including two provisions that would increase water supply reliability in California’s San Joaquin Valley and reduce permit compliance costs for utility ratepayers.

The first provision would have a real impact in the Valley, as it would allow Merced Irrigation District to move forward with a project to raise the spillway gates at New Exchequer Dam. When completed, this project will increase water supplies for eastern Merced County by 57,000 acre-feet during some years. The second provision I worked to include would make permanent a budget-neutral solution that has successfully helped the Army Corps of Engineers work through its backlog of project permitting. This amendment, which I cosponsored with fellow Valley Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-10), would allow the Corps to continue to accept support in its efforts to complete reviews of utility project permit applications. This will allow permit reviews to be completed more quickly, without reducing the quality or thoroughness of the review.

Both of these amendments are straightforward, commonsense solutions that address our daily water realities and infrastructure needs in the Valley and across California. 

Click here for Rep. Costa’s speech on securing water for the Central Valley:

Rep. Costa speaking on securing water for the Central Valley

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter update. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any federal issues of your concern. To stay up-to-date on the work I am doing in Congress, please visit my website at and sign up for my e-newsletter here. You can also follow my work and events in our Valley on my Facebook page and twitter account.


Jim Costa
Member of Congress

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12 Jun

We knew it all along…

*** Alex Padilla has been endorsed for Secretary of State by the CDP ***

Alex Padilla

I have been talking about it for months and now we have the evidence: the Trump administration is politicizing the Census.

Even before they announced their decision to add a question about citizenship to the decennial Census, we warned that it was an effort by Trump to intimidate non citizens from participating in the census, jeopardizing California’s representation in Congress plus billions in federal funding for the next decade.

Several states, including California, sued and as a result, we now see emails documenting former Trump Senior Advisor Steve Bannon and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach directing the Department to add the question to the census.

Their goal is blatantly clear, keep immigrants from being counted and distort the reapportionment and redistricting processes for their political gain.

We’re fighting back.

Please donate $5 to my reelection campaign, so we can continue to fight Trump’s attack on the Census.

The Constitution requires the census to count “the whole number of persons in each State.”

I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States and I will continue to do just that. 

Thank you for standing with me,

Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State

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