City of Soledad Officially Stands in Support of Dreamers and DACA Program

Mayor signs proclamation and sent it to the President of the United States

Soledad, Calif., (October 11, 2017) – The City of Soledad has officially signed a proclamation in support of Dreamers and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that is commonly known as DACA.

In doing so, the City of Soledad becomes the first city in Monterey County to officially state its support; the County of Monterey has also passed a similar resolution.

“ We will not allow the current political environment to divide our community,” said Fred Ledesma, Mayor, City of Soledad. “With this resolution, we are making it clear that our community embraces everyone, and will do everything we can to make sure all of our residents feel safe and welcomed.”

According to Soledad’s proclamation, “nearly one-third of the nation’s nearly 800,000 Dreamers live in California.” The resolution goes on to point out that a large number of Dreamers have earned college degrees and are major contributors to the national economy.

“I am proud of our city for taking this stand,” said Michael McHatten, City Manager, City of Soledad. “Although we are a small city, we are not afraid to stand up for what is right.”

The resolution has also been sent to the President of the United States.

About the City of Soledad: Widely known as being the Gateway to the Pinnacles, the City of Soledad is located in the center of the Salinas Valley, adjacent to US 101 between
the beautiful Santa Lucia Mountains to the west and the picturesque Gabilan Mountains to the east. Visitors can explore nearby Pinnacles National Park, with its world-class hiking and rock- climbing and views of the majestic California condors. Soledad is also home to a booming agricultural community, with fields of lettuce, broccoli and asparagus, as well as some of the finest wine grapes in the world. Its burgeoning local wine region was named by Wine Enthusiast magazine as one of the top ten best wine travel destinations in the world. For more information, visit

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