WASHINGTON— Today, the U.S. Supreme Courtheard oral arguments on President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The case will determine whether approximately 800,000 young people will lose their legal protections to live and work in the United States.
“When the Trump Administration recklessly ended the successful DACA program in 2017, he threw the lives of hundreds of thousands of hard-working young people into complete chaos,” said Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva. “DACA allows young people to live, work, attend school, and serve their communities without fear of deportation. All those benefits are now in jeopardy as the Supreme Court hears this case today.”
Numerous studies demonstrate that DACA benefits local economies—especially in Arizona. According to the Center for American Progress, approximately 24,700 of Arizona DACA recipients and their households paid $169.3 million in federal taxes and possess an estimated spending power of $777.3 million. Additionally, DACA recipients work as teachers, nurses, doctors, and first responders in communities across the country.
“We have a moral obligation to protect Dreamers and defend those who have known no other country but this one,” continued Rep. Grijalva. “The Supreme Court must uphold the DACA program, and the Senate must pass the Dream and Promise Act to provide a pathway to citizenship to Dreamers who help make this country great. Anything less would shamefully neglect our values.”
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