Recent polls show strong support for DREAMers, or immigrants who were brought to this country by their parents as children: 78% of American voters support providing DREAMers with a path to citizenship, including 73% of Trump voters. The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which began in 2012, has provided deportation relief and work permits for over 800,000 of these young people. DACA recipients have to pass background checks, and verify their educational and/or military status.
Despite this robust support for young immigrants, DACA is under attack. In late June, 10 State Attorneys General (led by Texas) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatening to sue the Trump Administration if it did not terminate the DACA program by September. Just last Friday, Trump pardoned anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio – who was found guilting of violating the constitutional rights of Latino Arizonans – and some are speculating that he will soon call for the termination of DACA soon.
What would eliminating DACA mean for our country?
Terminating the DACA program would benefit only for-profit immigrant detention centers and Trump’s deportation machine, while completely upending the lives of nearly one million people raised in the United States and their loved ones. In addition, the elimination of DACA would take a heavy toll on the U.S. economy, as nearly 700,000 people would immediately become unemployed, costing employers $3.4 billion. Over the next decade, $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare contributions and $463 billion in GDP would be lost.
What would eliminating DACA mean for Utah?
DACA has allowed more than 9,700 young people in Utah to come forward, pass background checks, and live and work legally in the country. DACA recipients in Utah have had their protected status renewed more than 7,500 times. Eliminating DACA means deporting these young people who contribute $476.5 million in GDP to our state annually.
Thus far, 20 State Attorney Generals have written letters of support for DACA. Let’s contact Utah’s Attorney General Sean Reyes and urge him to join them!
CALL TO ACTION:
- Contact Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and ask him to show his support for young immigrants by sending a letter to President Trump urging him to defend and maintain the DACA program and posting the letter publicly.
- Ask elected officials, law enforcement and civic leaders to sign this “We Are With Dreamers” letter. Find all of your elected officials and law enforcement by inputting your home address here.