Lt. Governor Tina Smith is among those in Minnesota who spoke out urging Congress to pass the Dream Act before the end of the year.
She claims that without Congressional action, more than 11,000 individuals in Minnesota and 800,000 nationwide who were brought to this country as children will lose their legal status as of March 5, 2018.
“Dreamers are our friends, neighbors, and family members. They are Minnesotans. Dreamers enrich our communities and help create opportunity for all of us, and we want them here,” said Lt. Governor Smith.
In southern Minnesota’s First Congressional District, there are 1,300 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) eligible residents, 900 of whom are enrolled. Officials say deporting them would cost the district’s economy $57-million a year.
Statewide, it’s estimated that removing DACA eligible-workers would cost the economy $387 million a year.
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