Dayton likely to ask for ‘Dreamers’ program to continue

A group of supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program rallied outside of the Rep. Mike Turner’s office and the federal bankruptcy court building. JIM OTTE / STAFF

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A group of supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program rallied outside of the Rep. Mike Turner’s office and the federal bankruptcy court building. JIM OTTE / STAFF

The Dayton City Commission on Wednesday will vote on an informal resolution that declares support for continuing a program that shields from deportation people who were brought into the country illegally as children.

There are 800,000 people living in the United States who received protections from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Trump has threatened to repeal.

More than 9,350 people living in Ohio have been approved for DACA, federal data show.

Ohio’s 10th Congressional District, which includes Montgomery and Greene counties, is home to about 200 dreamers, and 700 in total were eligible for the program, whose removal would result in the loss of $11 million in contributions to the local economy, according to a study released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress, a group in favor of keeping the program.

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DACA’s repeal would reduce the nation’s gross domestic product by $433.4 billion over the next decade, including by $250 million in Ohio alone, the city’s informal resolution states, citing estimates by the Center for American Progress.

The proposed resolution states the city opposes any federal action that rescinds or “degrades” the program, and the city supports giving “Dreamers” permanent protection and a path to permanent legal status through the proposed DREAM Act.

If approved, a copy of the resolution will be sent to U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, and U.S. Rep. Michael Turner, R-Dayton, who represents the 10th District.

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