Republican lawmaker Jeff Denham released a new video Thursday highlighting the critical role that Dreamers play in the economic success of California’s Central Valley. California alone is home to more than 220,000 DACA recipients who contribute more than $11.3 billion a year to the state’s annual GDP.
According to Congressman Denham, “With the end of the DACA program, more than 800,000 young people – at least 10,000 of which are in my district – will lose out on the opportunity to work and could even be deported to their country of origin, a place they may not even know or remember.”
Additionally, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) told The Hill today that legislation to permanently protect Dreamers should be included in a year-end bill: “I think we ought to do [it in] a year-end spending bill,” he said. If there is a delay, “these kids are going to get timed out, and it’s terrible for them to live with that kind of uncertainty. We ought to deal with it now, we shouldn’t wait on it.”