Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

In September, President Trump canceled the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. For the past five years, DACA has allowed roughly 800,000 children of immigrant parents to live, work and study without fear of deportation.

For most of these young people, this country is the only home they have ever known. The cancellation of DACA threatens their well-being, that of their families and their ability to contribute in positive ways to our society and economy. Utah has more than 10,000 DACA recipients. Their DACA status requires a criminal background check and either current enrollment in school or graduation from high school or military service. A bipartisan group of senators has proposed the Dream Act 2017, which would provide legal status and a path to citizenship for these young people. Please join me in contacting our representatives to urge them to support passage of the Dream Act 2017 and thereby allow DACA youth to continue to support their families, be a positive presence in our communities and contribute to the prosperity of our state and nation.

Bill and Jan Nixon

Salt Lake City