Following an order by President Donald Trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, (DACA), Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer, released a statement about the action.
“The president should not change the status of the DACA population, and Congress must act with great urgency to codify existing policy," Glenn said in the statement. "We should put this issue to rest permanently.”
According to reports from the New York Times, nearly 800,000 young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children and protected under the program will become eligible for deportation.
“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,” Glenn said in his statement. “Research by the New American Economy finds that 71 percent of foreign-born Arizonans are of working age. Without them, our economy is weakened.”
The DACA policy allows its recipients to remain in the U.S. without fear of removal and gives them the right to work in the country legally. With the Trump's recent announcement, their circumstances may change dramatically.
“The administration cannot reconcile a stated goal of achieving 3 percent annual economic growth on one hand, while on the other pursuing a policy that spurns the very individuals who not only are vital to our economic competitiveness, but who are Americans in every sense of the word and for whom the US is the only home they’ve ever known,” Hamer said.
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