It is no secret the Trump administration is driving an anti-immigrant agenda by pushing for an immigration bill that would limit family reunification and dramatically cut legal immigration. Instead of catching criminals, some Republicans are more interested in punishing immigrant families that are making valuable contributions to Arizona's economy. A recent study released by the New American Economy shows immigrants contributed $3.1 billion to our state's economy and paid nearly $390 million in local, state and federal taxes in Arizona alone.
We will continue to stand with the immigrant communities that enrich Arizona every day. Since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, was put into place, the economic impact on Arizona has been tremendous. This program has allowed hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. to work or earn an education. As a border state, we cannot stand to lose this emerging workforce. They have shown, if given the opportunity, they will embrace our values and strengthen our economy.
On Tuesday, August 15, Rep. Isela Blanc, D-Tempe (District 26), along with other community leaders, will stand together to mark the anniversary of DACA. They will celebrate its successes, while acknowledging that the future of DACA is in jeopardy. We need you to tell our leaders to protect DACA and the economic benefits the program brings to our state.