MAYORS & COUNTY OFFICIALS CALL ON PRESIDENT TO CONTINUE DACA AND SUPPORT AMERICA’S DREAMERS
On DACA’s 5th anniversary, Cities for Action calls on the President to defend Dreamers
WASHINGTON – Over 100 mayors and county officials from 35 states issued a letter today to President Trump calling on him to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program until a legislative solution is enacted for all undocumented immigrant youth, otherwise referred to as Dreamers. Our cities have embraced the DACA program, and DACA has in turn provided thousands of our residents with the opportunity to pursue higher education, career goals, and give back to the country they call home. Cities and counties have supported DACA applicants and recipients through investments in legal services, outreach efforts to eligible youth, and easing access to school records and public documents for prospective applicants. These contributions have helped nearly 800,000 individuals obtain DACA and give back to their communities:
- DACA recipients serve our localities in all kinds of critical roles—including medical professionals, teachers, and even municipal employees.
- 1.3 million young undocumented immigrants enrolled or immediately eligible for DACA contribute an estimated $2 billion a year in state and local taxes.
- This includes personal income, property, and sales and excise taxes. DACA-eligible individuals pay on average 8.9 percent of their income in state and local taxes.
The mayors who have signed on to today’s letter to the President are part of Cities for Action, a coalition of over 150 cities and counties, representing over 55 million residents, leading on immigration action through federal advocacy and local programs.
“Atlanta is a city that historically has stood up for the civil and human rights of everyone, but we live in uncertain times. We know that many Atlantans are fearful and concerned about their families. They question whether their freedoms will be upheld and lawfully protected. They worry that they will suffer persecution from a surge in bigotry. Any threat to our constitutionally guaranteed liberty is a threat to all Atlantans, we will continue to vigorously protect and support immigrant students who are DACA recipients. We value the economic and cultural vitality these young people bring to our city.”
–Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta, GA
(See link for full article from The Hill including a copy of the sign on letter).