September 5, 2017

Mayor’s statement on DACA—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

“This decision to end DACA is cruel and un-American and must be reversed immediately by Congress.

DACA youth are law abiding. To be eligible for DACA, you cannot have committed a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three non-significant misdemeanors, and you cannot pose a threat to national security or public safety. Therefore, ending DACA will not make us safer.

DACA youth add to our economy. In fact, it’s estimated that ending DACA will cost Arizona more than $1.3 billion annually in GDP losses. Therefore, ending DACA will not save jobs—it will cost jobs.

Furthermore, this decision to end DACA must be taken in the context of other actions by this administration, including pardoning a former law enforcement official for continuing racial profiling in violation of a court order—an action which showed little regard for the rule of law.

I urge our congressional delegation to act without delay to pass legislation that preserves DACA and protects DACA recipients.”