Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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.

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