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Sacramento civic and business leaders urge local Congress members to fix DACA

07 December 2017

Five House Republicans from Pennsylvania are among almost three-dozen GOP lawmakers asking House Speaker Paul Ryan to hold a vote this month on legislation dealing with the fate of 800,000 people who were brought to the US illegally when they were children. Each day Congress fails to take action an additional 122 people lose their status every day.

Since the Trump Administration's announcement to rescind the program, I've gained faith in the bipartisan work Congress has done to pass a long-term fix like the Dream Act.

About 800,000 undocumented immigrants are now protected under the program, including more than 223,000 Californians.

"DACA recipients should not be a political football". In October, he joined a Republican-led effort, known as the SUCCEED Act, that proposes rigorous vetting requirements for young immigrants to "earn the right to citizenship" over a 15-year period. "To remove 800,000 will cost employers an estimated $3.4 billion in employee turnover", he said. Ending DACA would cost the state nearly $357.1 million in annual GDP losses, would remove an estimated 685,000 workers from the USA economy and would result in the loss of $460.3 billion in GDP nationwide over the next 10 years, according to the Interfaith Worker Justice fact sheet.

"It is imperative that Republicans and Democrats come together to solve this problem now and not wait until next year", the letter said.

Fact based analysis is critical to every policy debate, and it is a fact that now 86 percent of all Americans and 76 percent of Republicans support protecting Dreamers.

One of those students, Fatima Yesenia Diaz, 21, said she was brought to California at age 11.

While DACA allowed young illegal immigrants to go to school and work in the USA, it did not grant them the status they desperately needed. "I dreamed of becoming a pilot and didn't learn I was undocumented until the recruiter told me because of my status I wasn't eligible". "Today and everyday, HRC is proud to join forces with United We Dream, Center for Community Change, SEIU and many others to stand with all Dreamers and calls on Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act".

"Thousands of DACA recipients live and work in my district, contributing to their community daily", Love said in a prepared statement.

Diaz, a Sac State junior majoring in child development, said she wants to continue to mentor at-risk teens, "but my future is in limbo", she said. "We care for our families and that's the foundation of what this country is all about".

Sacramento civic and business leaders urge local Congress members to fix DACA