The City Council approved a resolution today reaffirming the City’s support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The Trump administration recently called for the end of the DACA program and gave Congress six months to pass legislation to determine the fate of roughly 800,000 people with DACA status. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security established DACA under the Obama administration in 2012, which allows undocumented youth who came to the country as children to apply for temporary permission to stay in the U.S.
The City of Minneapolis was the first in the country to declare support for DACA in 2012. The resolution notes that Minnesota is home to 6,300 people with DACA status, often referred to as Dreamers. It also cited a study by the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Affairs estimating that Minnesota’s DACA participants pay nearly $7 million annually in taxes. The program has enabled more than 70 percent of participants to find a new job.
“The City of Minneapolis is strongly committed to continuing the work of enacting policies and programs to welcome members of all communities, including creating a legal defense fund to support immigrants and refugees in our city,” the resolution notes.
The City firmly supports comprehensive immigration reform and urges President Trump, Congress, state and local leaders to continue to provide Dreamers temporary relief from deportation and ultimately a path to U.S. citizenship.
“This is a confusing and scary time for DACA recipients,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “Dreamers in Minneapolis should know without a doubt that their City government stands with them, as the City Council and I have reiterated again today. These young men and women are not simply statistics, they are our neighbors, our colleagues and our friends and we will continue to support them, using every lever at our disposal.”
“The City’s support for DACA is consistent with our values as a Welcoming City,” said City Council President Barbara Johnson. “Immigrants, including young people with DACA status, are valuable members of our community. Dreamers deserve the opportunity to pursue a permanent path to citizenship.”
The Council resolution comes as the City of Minneapolis is taking part in Welcoming Week through Sept. 24, a nationwide initiative focused on bringing together immigrants, refugees and native-born residents. For more information about Welcoming Week and the City’s Welcoming America membership, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/WeAreMpls.