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Arizona Community Comes Together to Support DREAMers

Advocates for DREAMers are calling on Arizona lawmakers to support the DREAM Act, which would provide young people brought to the U.S. as children a path to citizenship. (Progressive Democrats of America)
Advocates for DREAMers are calling on Arizona lawmakers to support the DREAM Act, which would provide young people brought to the U.S. as children a path to citizenship. (Progressive Democrats of America)
September 6, 2017

PHOENIX – Immigrants' rights groups in Arizona say they stand ready to help the state's 28,000 DACA recipients in any way possible, after President Donald Trump terminated the program that has given work permits to people brought to the U.S. as children.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that no new applications will be accepted.

Laurie Melrood, a family services consultant with the Florence Project that helps counsel so-called DREAMers, says she's already had calls from undocumented parents heartbroken that their children's futures are now in jeopardy.

"Families are going to suffer,” she stresses. “This is not just about the individuals, but about everyone they live with, all of their support groups. It will incapacitate people."

Trump tweeted that it's now up to Congress to enact legislation that would give close to 800,000 DACA recipients nationwide the right to stay in the U.S. permanently.

Many of the DREAMers are now in college and on Tuesday, the Arizona Board of Regents called on lawmakers to work toward comprehensive immigration reform.

Mayra Alvarez, president of The Children's Partnership, says Congress needs to act to stop what she calls a "cruel" policy that will traumatize many young people and their families.

"Surveys have indicated that roughly 20 to 25 percent of DACA recipients are parents to U.S.-citizen children,” she points out. “We reject the efforts of the Trump administration to drive policies of hate that separate our families."

Many organizations are offering legal help to people eligible to apply for a two-year renewal of their status before an Oct. 5 deadline.

The Puente Project is hosting a DACA rally on Sept. 14. And the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix will hold a Mass in support of DACA recipients on Sept. 23.


Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - AZ