SR 17

Urges Congress to enact legislation to codify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

NJEA SUPPORTS SR-17 (Pou, Vitale, Ruiz). This resolution urges the Congress of the United States to enact legislation to codify the provisions of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Under DACA, unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors, a group sometimes called “Dreamers,” are given a chance to stay in the country, provided they meet certain conditions.  DACA does not give permanent lawful status to those approved for the program, but it does provide a temporary relief from deportation, along with a social security number and work permit for a two-year period, with the opportunity to renew.  These individuals are productive members of society who know no other country but our own.  It would be immoral to send these dedicated and patriotic individuals back to countries where they are nothing more than strangers.

What’s more, New Jersey has over 22,000 young immigrants participating in DACA.  The State stands to lose considerable tax revenues through the elimination of the protections of DACA, and would also suffer an estimated $1.6 billion loss each year in State Gross Domestic Product.  There seems wide agreement that this issue should be fixed and bipartisan support to do so.  Yet it still hasn’t happened and, in the meantime, the Dreamers are left in limbo.

For these reasons, NJEA urges you to vote “YES” on SR-17.

Text of bill SR-17

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