Biden brings hope for immigrants
The past four years have been trying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, also known as Dreamers, and many other immigrants. Since 2017, President Trump has sought to deport the nearly 700,000 DACA recipients in the U.S., including the 15,000 here in Colorado. These young immigrants have called this country home since they were children, and they contribute immensely to our communities and economy.
Thankfully, these attempts were rejected by the Supreme Court that ruled in favor of the program and against the administration in June. DACA recipients contribute $527 million in annual spending to our economy and pay $59.1 million in state and local taxes. DACA recipients have been essential pieces of our communities and our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, serving as essential workers in crucial industries like agriculture, nursing and manufacturing and more.
Thankfully, President Trump’s four years of anti-immigrant efforts are coming to an end. Election night polling found that American voters overwhelmingly opposed President Trump’s positions on immigration. With the election of former Vice President Joe Biden, DACA recipients can breathe a sigh of relief. But there is immense reform to be done.
The Biden administration must commit to protecting immigrants, saving DACA, and passing comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented population in this country. By taking these steps, we can finally begin to undo the last four years and ensure that immigrants and Colorado receive the support they have earned.
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