Arizona support to keep ‘Dreamers’ program

By Mike Sunnucks | Phoenix Business Journal

U.S. President Donald Trump is considering ending an Obama administration program offering protections from deportation for undocumented immigrants who were brought illegally into the U.S. by their families.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program offers protections for approximately 800,000 young people who grew up in the U.S. but were brought here illegally by their families.

Related: McSally Calls For Congress To Address DACA

Leading business advocates in Arizona and nationally are urging Trump not to scrap the program with a heavy emphasis on the economic impact.

“We know that our country’s immigrant community is young, entrepreneurial, and vitally important to the United States’ ability to remain the world’s economic leader,” said Glen Hammer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry. “Research by the New American Economy finds that 71 percent of foreign-born Arizonans are of working age. Without them, our economy is weakened.”

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