FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 18, 2020
PHOENIX – The Greater Phoenix Chamber applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows Arizona’s more than 24,000 DACA recipients to meaningfully contribute to the state’s economic prosperity.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a 2017 action to end DACA was not valid for procedural reasons.
“The Court’s ruling today is a bright spot in our current climate,” said Todd Sanders, President and CEO of the Chamber. “However, today’s ruling does not negate the need for Congress to pass comprehensive, meaningful immigration reform that will support the state’s recovery and ability to move forward.”
For the past decade, the Chamber has steadfastly supported comprehensive immigration reform as an important step for Arizona’s economy and Arizona’s businesses.
According to the American Immigration Council, approximately 13% of the Arizona residents are immigrants—23% of which hold a college degree—and another 16% of Arizonans have at least one immigrant parent.
In addition to supporting comprehensive reform, the Chamber has supported efforts to ensure that DACA recipients have access to in-state tuition rates. In 2019, the Chamber advocated for S.B. 1217, which would have allowed Arizona high school graduates–who would by all other accounts be considered Arizona residents–to be eligible for in-state tuition rates.
“The Chamber advocated alongside numerous other chambers of commerce to pass S.B. 1217 in recognition of the importance of investing in education and people,” said Mike Huckins, Vice President of Public Affairs. “According to Achieve60AZ, for every college graduate who earns a four-year university degree, the state receives a $660,000 return on investment. Given the cost it takes to educate a child in the K-12 system, it makes little sense to create barriers that prevent them from pursuing college and career in Arizona.”
Without comprehensive reform, Arizona will lose out on vital talent that the state has invested in at every level.
“Given our state’s demographics, comprehensive immigration reform is critical to Arizona’s economic success and our ability to continue to diversify and innovate our local economy,” said Sanders.
About the Greater Phoenix Chamber
Representing 2,400 businesses across the Greater Phoenix region, the Greater Phoenix Chamber promotes regional prosperity by serving as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities. The Chamber pursues this mission by collaborating with business, political and community leaders to grow the regional talent pool, create a regional approach to economic development and drive a pro-Arizona agenda.