Mayor Hemminger Participates in National Call to Continue DACA and Support America’s Dreamers
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger is among more than 100 mayors and county officials from 35 states who issued a letter today to President Trump calling on him to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program until a legislative solution is enacted for all undocumented immigrant youth, otherwise referred to as Dreamers.
Many cities have embraced the DACA program, and DACA has in turn provided thousands of residents with the opportunity to pursue higher education, career goals, and give back to the country they call home. Cities and counties have supported DACA applicants and recipients through investments in legal services, outreach efforts to eligible youth, and easing access to school records and public documents for prospective applicants. These contributions have helped nearly 800,000 individuals obtain DACA and give back to their communities:
- DACA recipients serve our localities in all kinds of critical roles—including medical professionals, teachers, and even municipal employees.
- 1.3 million young undocumented immigrants enrolled or immediately eligible for DACA contribute an estimated $2 billion a year in state and local taxes.
- This includes personal income, property, and sales and excise taxes. DACA-eligible individuals pay on average 8.9 percent of their income in state and local taxes.
The mayors who have signed on to today's letter to the President are part of Cities for Action, a coalition of over 150 cities and counties, representing over 55 million residents, leading on immigration action through federal advocacy and local programs.
To access quotes from signatories and the full text of the letter, visit http://www.citiesforaction.us/release_2017_08_14