The Coconino County board of supervisors recently weighed in on the controversy over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) repeal by passing a resolution in support of approximately 57,000 DACA-eligible Arizonans.
The board unanimously passed the resolution, saying it was their duty to advocate on behalf of the "DREAMers" and urging Congress to take permanent action on the matter, according to a city announcement.
“The County cares deeply about the children that have established a connection to the U.S. and what we have to offer, especially considering that this is often the only home they’ve ever known,” Liz Archuleta, chairwoman of the board, said in a statement. “It is essential we provide DACA students the support they need to find their own opportunities for success that America has founded itself on.”
The city estimates that DREAMers could help the Coconino County and Arizona economies grow significantly over the next 10 years.
“Coconino County has, for several years, prioritized establishing comprehensive immigration reform to allow individuals a clearer and more concise path toward citizenship, as well as provide immigrant youth with educational opportunities as to see a more thriving community,” the board said in the announcement.
DACA allowed people who came to the U.S. with their parents as children to stay in the country if they meet specific guidelines.