Mayor Hemminger Participates in DACA Day of Action
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger is participating in the Mayors’ National Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Day of Action today (Tuesday, Aug. 29) to show support for the DACA program.
Organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, local leaders from across the country are speaking out in support of DACA and Dreamers.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) provides employment authorization and protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before they turned 16 and has benefitted nearly 800,000 undocumented youth since it began in 2012.
“By allowing young immigrants to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation, the DACA program is allowing these young people to remain active participants in our communities and to contribute to our local, state and national economies,” said Mayor Hemminger who believes the program serves as the foundation for sound, responsible immigrant policy.
“We urge the continuation of the DACA program to provide the necessary protections for our immigrant community until Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform,” the mayor explained.
“These young people deserve a clear path toward a productive future and a chance, like other immigrants to America before them, to help lead all of us toward a brighter future.”
More about the program:
- 87 percent of DACA recipients are employed by American businesses and 6 percent have created their own businesses
- 1.3 million young undocumented immigrants enrolled or immediately eligible for DACA contribute an estimated $2 billion a year in state and local taxes.
#MayorsStand4All and #DefendDACA