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.”


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