Mark Kelly Holds DACA Meeting As Recipients Wait For SCOTUS Decision

Published: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 6:38pm
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 6:39pm
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Mark Kelly in KJZZ's studio in March 2020.

A Supreme Court decision on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is expected this month.

U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly said Tuesday that so-called Dreamers are as American as his own daughters. Kelly is a Democrat hoping to win Republican Martha McSally’s Senate seat in November. He led a Zoom meeting on DACA with a state lawmaker, an immigration lawyer and an activist leader.

“If I face deportation, I’ll be separated from my children, just like many other DACA recipients in the state. We are no longer in high school,” said Karina Ruiz, executive director of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition.

In 2017, the Trump administration decided to phase out DACA.

The courts have kept the program alive, and recipients have been able to renew permits that let them work legally.

Federal data show there were about 24,000 people in Arizona with DACA protection at the end of 2019. 

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