Letters to the Editor

DACA: Tacoma stands alongside Dreamers

President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) will have immense negative impacts for Tacoma families and businesses if Congress does not act.

In Tacoma, about 13 percent of our population is foreign-born. These immigrants are our neighbors, colleagues and friends. The city has taken several actions to establish an immigrant-friendly community, including joining the Welcoming Cities Initiative, opening an Office of Equity and Human Rights, convening Latino town halls and an Immigrant and Refugee Task Force.

Any federal actions that seek to limit the opportunity for foreign-born residents to succeed here in the U.S. are contrary to our values as a community..

Approximately 300 young people in the greater Tacoma area could face deportation if they lose DACA status. They registered with the federal government so that they could remain in the U.S. to pursue their education and careers.

The loss of these individuals from our community would negatively impact Tacoma businesses that are already struggling to find qualified, educated and diverse employees. Immigrants are also 30 percent more likely to start a business.

The deportation of Dreamers could rob Tacoma of our next generation of entrepreneurs.

(Campbell is a Tacoma City Council member.)