CAPITOL, PHOENIX –
Today, Rep. Kelli Butler, D-Paradise Valley (District 28), delivered a letter
to the Arizona congressional delegation, with bipartisan support, urging it to
support the reauthorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance
Program. Here is an expert from the letter:
last year's legislative session, we saw the broad and intense support of
Arizonans across the state for KidsCare coverage for children. Arizonans will
be paying attention to see if our congressional delegation will stand up for
children in our state by renewing federal funding. Without reauthorization
prior to September 30, 2017, the healthcare of over 23,000 children in Arizona
will at risk. We are counting on you and your colleagues in Congress to
reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program and continue to prioritize
the health of children over partisan politics.”
While participants from 22 states rehearsed for a make-believe
constitutional convention, there are some very real issues in our state that remain
are still draining money away from our public schools. Dreamers
are still under attack. And working families are still struggling as health
care coverage continues to be threatened.
Democrats are looking for real solutions for Arizona. We
want a state where generations can thrive in opportunity, equity and fairness. That
means investing in policies that will improve our quality of life now, while
promoting a stronger, more sustainable future.
We hope that the time, energy and resources Republicans
committed to this convention dress rehearsal will be given to the major issues
that Arizonans are grappling with daily. Regardless, Democrats remain committed to standing
with the community to build a state that represents our values and helps families
cope with their everyday struggles.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 6, 2017 Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval 602-926-5848 firstname.lastname@example.org STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today members of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus released the following statements in solidarity with Dreamers regarding the Trump Administration’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA: Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales, D- Tucson (District 3)
“President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program is a failure on every level, weakening Arizona’s economy, hurting our communities and separating our families. Now is the time for Congress to fight back against Trump’s hateful decision.”.
Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Cameron (District 7) “The termination of DACA not only immediately hurts our DACA recipients, but negatively impacts our state and national economy. These are people who have volunteered and even given their lives to protect our country in the military. This is also another blow to indigenous people in the United States because many recipients are of indigenous descent, whose forebears inhabited these lands before international borders were ever drawn. This move further tarnishes the spirit of the nation and is contrary to everything our country stands for. I support DACA and stand in solidarity with our Arizona recipients.”
Rep. Wenona Benally, D-Window Rock (LD7)
“The Indigenous Peoples of the Americas have long been displaced by territorial boundaries that have separated us from one another. Today, we stand with DACA recipients in calling on Congress to protect our migrant communities. Pass the DREAM Act now.”
Rep. Eric Descheenie, D-Chinle (District 7)
“Today, as a person indigenous to these lands whose ancestors since time immemorial occupied and loved, I stand with our Dreamers. Now, they risk being deported from the land they call home, which for many DACA recipients is the only home they’ve ever known.”
the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, is part
of a politically driven, anti-immigrant agenda that is both
mean-spirited and costly. The Trump
administration is using DACA recipients and their families as political
collateral, but House Democrats are standing strong with Dreamers.
The DACA program provided hundreds of thousands of young
undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. to work or earn an education. These
Dreamers have shown, if given the opportunity, they will embrace our values and
strengthen our economy.
This is exactly why so many Arizona leaders have signed the “We
are with Dreamers” letter – joining nearly 2,000 leaders across the country,
who are organized by a coalition of elected officials through FWD.us. We need more Arizonans to
join this effort and contact elected leaders who haven’t signed on to this letter, and urge
them to do what is in our best interest -- to protect Dreamers and the economic
benefits the program brings to our state.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 5, 2017 Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval 602-926-5848 email@example.com STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Leaders of the Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus released this statement after the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, for so-called Dreamers:
"Today's action by President Trump is cruel. DACA offered no pathway to citizenship or permanent protections. However, it was a sensible policy that provided millions of young people with a chance to achieve the American dream. The DACA program allowed certain individuals to participate in our communities in a positive way. DACA recipients were able to continue their education, apply for employment, and even pay taxes. All of which further helped strengthen Arizona's economy and allowed these individuals to serve their country.” The bipartisan Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus has 17 members from both the state House and Senate. Members hold strategic leadership positions and promote legislation and policies that directly affect Latinos in Arizona. The caucus also encourages Latinos to engage in the political process through public policy and community events.
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix (District 27), released this statement regarding President Donald J. Trump’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA: “Today’s decision by President Trump to end DACA is punishing and inhumane. The program allowed these young individuals to come out of the shadows and prompted them to be productive, hard-working contributors to society with a chance for a better life. That is based on the spirit of the American Dream. Above all, it was the foundation for an economically stronger country, one built on educating and employing our future generations. “Over 800,000 youths have signed up and been approved for DACA, including nearly 28,000 initial applicants and close to 24,000 renewal recipients in Arizona. They willingly registered their addresses and contact information with federal authorities who can now, more easily locate them if Trump were to give the order to deport them. “DACA not only improved the lives of undocumented young people but also positively affected Arizona’s economy. The inclusion of these young people has contributed to more prosperous local, state and national economies. Most importantly, it created safer and stronger communities. Ending DACA is counterproductive, at best, and at worst, coldhearted.”