Fight for DACA and support children without documentation
The future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is under threat. The White House has announced that it intends to terminate the program soon. DACA has changed the lives of nearly 800,000 young people, including 17,300 Coloradans, who have lived in the United States since childhood, allowing them to better contribute to their families and communities. According to a 2017 report , ending DACA would cost Colorado more than $850 million in annual GDP losses. For these reasons and others, we call on the administration to remove this uncertainty and continue the DACA program. Thousands of community leaders and bipartisan elected officials from around the U.S.—and Colorado—this week made the same request.
For more than five years, DACA has significantly changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of teens without documentation, also called Dreamers. It provides eligible immigrants a reprieve from deportation and a two-year work permit. This allows these individuals to pay federal income tax, obtain a driver’s license in certain states and contribute to the economy. A recent nationwide survey finds that after receiving DACA protection, 63 percent moved to jobs with better pay, 49 percent gained greater access to employment that matches their education and training and 48 percent went to jobs with better working conditions. DACA has had positive impacts on young children too. A recent study found that after DACA was introduced in 2012, the mothers eligible for the program saw an immediate improvement in their children’s mental health—diagnoses of adjustment and anxiety disorders fell by more than 50 percent among these children of Dreamers.
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