Town of Normal News

Posted on: August 29, 2017

Normal Mayor Koos Announces His Support for DACA Extension

Normal Mayor Chris Koos has joined other U.S. mayors in urging the Trump Administration to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and permanent legal status for “DREAMers.”

“Continuation of this program is important not just to DACA recipients and their families, but also to our cities and our nation,” said Koos. “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.”

In their annual meeting in June, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution supporting the program, detailing the contributions of these young people – with work authorization and without the fear of deportation – to the nation’s cities and economy:

  • Eighty-seven percent of DACA recipients are employed by American businesses, and six percent have started their own businesses, leading to higher wages and better economic outcomes.
  • DACA recipients contribute 15.3 percent of their wages to taxes, which fund Social Security and Medicare, and DACA recipients are investing in assets like houses, and starting new businesses, bringing significant tax revenue to cities and states.
  • It is expected that DACA recipients will contribute $9.9 billion in tax contributions over the next four years, and at least $433.4 billion to our gross domestic product (GDP) over the next decade.

 Koos added, “I join my mayor-colleagues in encouraging President Trump and his Administration to demonstrate a commitment to the American economy and the ideals of our nation by continuing DACA until Congress modernizes our immigration system and provides a more permanent form of relief for these individuals.”

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