Letter: The Dream and Promise Act offers pathway for individuals who strengthen our communities

Demonstrators rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) during a rally outside of the Capitol Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

I am currently a student of the University of Utah taking a “Migrants and Communities” course. I enjoyed reading the recent article about Dreamers written by a fellow college student who was able to bring an individual’s story to light in order to make the immigration issues we are facing more relatable and humanistic to readers.

Immigrants have a high level of entrepreneurship and are substantial contributors to Utah’s economy, with Asian and Latino businesses providing over $9 billion of purchases in the state. These immigrants’ children can be a part of these contributions if we keep the DACA policy in place. The DACA policy is one of compassion to protect immigrants brought here as children. DACA youth have no felony convictions, met educational requirements and did not make the choice on their own to come to the United States.

The Dream and Promise Act has been passed by the House of Representatives, which creates a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and DACA-eligible individuals who strengthen our communities and economy. We must call on our senators, including Sens. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney, to do the same and work to move our country forward without division and fear.

Madeline Higginson, Salt Lake City

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