Pittsburgh, PA (January 8, 2018) More than ever, the City of Pittsburgh is recommitting itself to supporting and advocating for our residents affected by the president’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since the announcement we have signed on to a formal submission, drafted by the City of Montreal and the global city network Metropolis, which aimed to point out the vital role that local municipalities play in migration, and should therefore have a voice at the table. Also we partnered with the DC Immigration Hub signing on for the Pennsylvania congressional delegation to pass the Dream Act this year.
According to New American Economy in the state of Pennsylvania 87.9% of DACA recipients are employed, earning over 223 million in income, and paying over 20 million in state and local taxes. But beyond data, DACA recipients, and residents that are affected by the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) changes, are our friends, our classmates, our neighbors, our colleagues, and are our fellow Yinzers. In 2018 we aim to be more welcoming than ever before, and that goes beyond our local government and our Welcoming Pittsburgh initiatives; but every resident should make it a priority to be more neighborly, to host and or participate in welcoming events, host welcoming dinners, and advocate for those who need it.
Being welcoming goes beyond our immigrant and refugee population, but it also means to be intentional in welcoming other residents and every resident that is represented in our city and county. As a city we should set the standard for the country to follow. As a city we build bridges, and we welcome all our neighbors.
Here’s how to participate:
1. Dial 1-888-778-6856 and wait for the “welcome” message.
2. When prompted, enter your zip code
3. Wait for your call to be connected to your Representative or Senator and tell them to pass a clean Dream Act now.
Hello, my name is __________ and I live in __________ (city and state). As your constituent, I am calling to urge you to pass a clean Dream Act. Every day that Congress fails to act, 122 community members lose their DACA status and are at risk of being deported. Please pass a clean Dream Act. Thank you for your time.