Everyone should have the opportunity and support to reach their full potential through access to higher education and professional careers. These opportunities should be available to all Americans – including those who have chosen to build their lives here.
Recently, Congress was charged with passing a permanent legislative solution that would provide certainty to the more than 800,000 DACA recipients – known as Dreamers – who were brought to the U.S. as children. These individuals have become economic assets, contributing significant tax revenue, and serving as role models in their communities. In fact, it is estimated by the conservative Niskanen Center that over 10 years these Dreamers could contribute over $25 billion to Arizona’s GDP.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has been a steadfast leader for commonsense, bipartisan solutions to ensure our immigration system balances opportunity and boarder security. I applaud Sen. Flake for his support of the Dream Act and encourage him to seek a balanced DACA solution that will provide certainty to the students, neighbors, and active duty service members who have invested in the American Dream.”
– Kim Owens is executive director at Year Up Arizona.