Sinema: Congress Must Act On Dreamers to Protect AZ Economy, Keep Families Whole

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) today called on Congressional leadership to stand up for Dreamers and bring her commonsense USA Act to the House floor. The bipartisan bill strengthens security at America’s border and protects Arizona’s over 57,000 Dreamers, their families, and the state’s economy. 

“It's time to put party aside to protect our border and stand up for Arizona families,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “This bipartisan legislation keeps Arizonans safe, protects our state's economy, and allows Dreamers to continue living in the only country they’ve ever known. The Supreme Court's action isn't the solution that Arizonans deserve, which is why I'm calling on Congressional leaders to bring the USA Act up for a vote without delay.”

Sinema’s statement comes after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not immediately intervene in decisions by two U.S. District Courts to block the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

Sinema expressed concern for the impact DACA deportations would have on the state’s economy. The Center for American Progress estimates that the loss of Dreamers would cost the Arizona economy $1.3 billion in lost GDP. Ending DACA would also affect schools, firefighters, and police forces in many Arizona communities by reducing tax revenue. According to the American Immigration Council, Arizona Dreamers paid an estimated $61.4 million in state and local taxes in 2016.

Legislation similar to Sinema’s USA Act fell short of the necessary votes for passage in the Senate earlier this month. Should the House act first, pressure would rise on the Senate to pass the bipartisan legislation.