Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Butler urges Congress to support kids’ health care

Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval            

STATE 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:

“During 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.”


Monday, September 18, 2017

We're Hiring: Communications Director

Our current Communications Director C. Murphy Hebert has accepted a new position with the Maricopa County Recorder's Office.


Our state hosted a “practice” constitutional convention this month. Activists from different states came to the Capitol to pretend to solve a problem with our Constitution.

It took days of pomp and circumstance. And what did it accomplish? Nothing at all.
The goal of the five-day convention was to “lay the groundwork for a future gathering….” But the truth is, the rules the delegates set are not binding on any future convention.

While participants from 22 states rehearsed for a make-believe constitutional convention, there are some very real issues in our state that remain unresolved. Vouchers 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. 

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

STATEMENT: Indigenous Peoples Caucus stands with Dreamers

Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval

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.”


Tuesday, September 05, 2017

STATEMENT: Legislative District 26 leaders support Dreamers

STATEMENT: Rep. Lela Alston stands #WithDreamers

With Dreamers

Rescinding 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.

We will continue to show support for the immigrant communities that enrich Arizona every day. We know the DACA program has had a tremendous economic impact on Arizona. 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. Now,  according to the Center For American Progress, Arizona will lose $1.3 billion in gross domestic product.

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.

STATEMENT: Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus: DACA provided chance to achieve American Dream

Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval

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.


Sunday, September 03, 2017

STATEMENT: Democratic Leader Rios: DACA provided foundation for an economically stronger Arizona

Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval

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.”