DACA Means Dreamers Welcome

March and rally/protest in response to the rescission of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in New York City on September 9, 2017. The march began in Columbus Circle by the Trump International Hotel and Tower, went up Central Park West and turned into Central Park. CC BY-SA 4.0

With President Donald Trump‘s and the GOP’s $1 trillion budget deficit, Congress can hardly ignore picking up a $340 billion DACA economic windfall.

While government officials treat their wives to taxpayer-funded shopping sprees in Europe, it would appear no one in the current administration is minding the looming financial crisis in our capital from the Republicans blank check schemes.

DACA IS WHERE WILL WE FIND SOLUTIONS

As a candidate for the US House of Representatives in Arizona’s 8th District, I believe the solutions to many of the challenges facing our country are going to have to be provided by newcomers to Washington governance — on both sides of the aisle. It has become obvious the deeply entrenched Republican Party has abandoned any sense of fiscal responsibility as evidenced by their tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans.

As a Democrat, I carefully examine the human impact of our policies and legislation, and I feel it is incumbent upon me to find solutions which serve the public’s best interest above my own or that of my party. After all, it is people that I serve.

My proposal is to grant immediate citizenship to individuals in the US under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. While this makes sense from a humanitarian standpoint, and would give our image a much needed boost on the global scene, the strongest argument is that it would benefit our economy greatly. Adding 750,000 productive citizens to our tax rolls  would be an easy win. It would reduce the deficit and significantly grow the economy.

DACA GROWTH AND SAVINGS

In a report by IKE BRANNON and Logan Albright published by the CATO Institute, America stands to lose $280 billion in economic growth over the next decade with the repeal of DACA. In addition, the estimated cost to deport these young people has been set at $10,000 each or $60 billion. 

While many Republicans would like to ignore the human cost of deporting these people, we must take into account the incalculable damage of alienating such a large group of people who are culturally American citizens. We are turning loyal friends into bitter enemies by throwing them out of the country and slamming the door behind them. And given the President’s lack of diplomatic skill, we can scarcely afford to take such a hit.

Regardless of where you stand on the immigration issue, these are the people we want to invite to our country, to join us as citizens, and contribute toward creating a more prosperous future for all of us. 

Dreamers have demonstrated their commitment to America and have already invested their futures in our nation. The risk is small. Although DACA recipients not as old as H-1B candidates, and their immediate earning potential is not as great, they will eventually meet the profile if allowed to stay, earn and progress in their careers. We are simply expediting approvals for those who already meet the desired profile of the type of immigration most beneficial to our nation, those who are already here.