Fargo mayor supports DACA


The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act, which allows children who entered the U.S. to request permission to remain here for school, university attendance, or work, was terminated in September by the Trump administration. Though not receiving a great deal of attention in North Dakota, DACA has allowed nearly 100 young people to come forward, pass background checks, and live and work legally in our state. DACA helps these young people thrive economically and educationally.

Across our nation, DACA has changed the lives of nearly 800,000 young people who have lived in the United State since their childhood, allowing them to better contribute to their families and communities.

Last week, 100 top business executives sent a letter to leaders in Congress asking them to quickly resolve this situation and to stop the deportation of the young ‘DREAMers’, 91% of whom are working and contributing to society. Failing to resolve this issue could lead to a $215 billion reduction in the US Gross Domestic Product.

The arrival of people with new accents, new ideas and new ways of doing things are part of what fueled the growth of Fargo while I served as its Mayor. We welcomed people from all parts of the U.S. and the world to help grow our economy and fill job openings. With nearly 13,000 openings in North Dakota today, we can look to the DREAMers to help keep our state’s future economy strong and vibrant.

Besides economic impact, there is an emotional impact on these young people who have only known life in America.

I urge you to contact Senator Hoeven, Senator Heitkamp and Representative Cramer to gain their support for the re-establishment of DACA. We need quick restoration, not only to strengthen the economy but because it’s the right thing to do.

Furness is mayor of Fargo.