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Why Flagstaff City Council Supports DACA

Hello Flagstaff!

 

Recently, the Flagstaff City Council passed a resolution in support of DACA, Dreamers and comprehensive immigration reform. I was proud that the resolution had bipartisan support, and if you consider the facts it becomes clear why sensible immigration policy makes sense regardless of political affiliation. Immigrants are a vital part of Arizona’s economy – they are employees, business owners and taxpayers.

According to a recent study published by the New American Economy, 22 percent of Arizona’s entrepreneurs are immigrants (available at newamericaneconomy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/nae-az-report.pdf). In 2014, immigrants paid about $1.7 billion in state and local taxes and had spending power around $16 billion. Immigrant-owned businesses generated $1.3 billion in 2014. They also paid into entitlement programs, including $543.6 million into Medicare and $2.1 billion into Social Security. Simply put, Arizona’s economy needs immigrants.

Immigrants are more than twice as likely to start new businesses. These range from more than half of this nation’s grocery stores to 51 percent of the country’s billion dollar start-ups. Here in Arizona, 40 percent of our Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants. These companies generate $49.6 billion in annual revenue and employ 54,000 people.

DACA helps bring people out of the shadows and into the economy. The evidence shows that this is good for the state and good for business. Flagstaff will do everything we can to be a welcoming and inclusive place for new Americans. If Arizona and this country are serious about growing the economy and promoting new businesses, our leaders will do all they can to make DACA permanent and create a clear path to citizenship. FBN

 

By Coral Evans

 

Coral Evans is the mayor of Flagstaff.

 

 

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3 Responses to Why Flagstaff City Council Supports DACA

  1. Rob Wilson October 25, 2017 at 6:59 PM #

    It appears the study the mayor based her vote and article on only looks at legal immigrants. DACA does not impact legal immigrants.

  2. Don Honda October 26, 2017 at 10:35 AM #

    Is this what to expect from DREAMers?:

    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sdut-ruben-navarrette-one-dreamers-missed-lesson-2015jun24-story.html

    Ruben Navarrette: One Dreamer’s missed lesson in good character

    And just who is the typical DREAMer?

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-dreamers-daca-narrative-0914-story.html
    Don’t buy into all of that rosy PR about DACA

  3. Don Honda October 26, 2017 at 10:35 AM #

    An Atlantic Monthly article that shows that most economists’ thinking that an increased influx of immigrants provides more jobs for Americans is FALSE and does harm jobs for US workers and the economy:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/01/does-immigration-harm-working-americans/384060/

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990DEFDC1430F934A15750C0A9609C8B63

    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/03/27/notes-on-immigration/
    The Conscience Of A Liberal–Paul Krugman

    “First, the benefits of immigration to the population already here are small.”
    ” But as Mr. Hanson explains in his paper, reasonable calculations suggest that we’re talking about very small numbers, perhaps as little as 0.1 percent of GDP.

    “My second negative point is that immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants. That’s just supply and demand…

    “Finally, the fiscal burden of low-wage immigrants is also pretty clear. ”

    Also, it is patently untrue that “immigrants” are the solution to low rate of start-ups:

    http://smallbiztrends.com/2015/01/immigration-reform-declining-start-rate.html

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