For Immediate Release December 12, 2017
Taneeza Islam, SDVFP Executive Director
SOUTH DAKOTA VOICES FOR PEACE THANKS REPRESENTATIVE NOEM’S SIOUX FALLS OFFICE FOR MEETING WITH SOUTH DAKOTA DREAMERS
December 12, 2017 South Dakota Voices for Peace convened a meeting with Representative Noem’s office in Sioux Falls, where Owen Shay spent over twenty minutes hearing directly from two South Dakota DREAMers, and a longtime community advocate and immigration legal services provider, Sister Janet Hortsman, a Presentation Sister with Caminando Juntos’ Hispanic Ministry and immigration lawyer and Executive Director of SDVFP, Taneeza Islam. The DREAMers included a young man brought to SD at the age of two, who went through the Sioux Falls Public Schools and now has a job at a local bank. Without DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) he would not have been able to go to college, work and give back to SD.
If DACA ends, SD would lose more than $12.2 million in annual GDP, and the national economy would lose over $460.3 billion from our national GDP. But for each one of our DREAMers and their families, their ability to live out of the shadows and build a successful and promising life is more than a number.
“There are 630 DREAMers in South Dakota. They were brought here when they were young and SD is the only place they know. DREAMers go to school, have higher paying jobs than their counterparts, pay taxes, and pay into social security, buy houses, cars and are a pivotal part of our community in every way,” said Executive Director Taneeza Islam. “Their voices must be heard.”
The Trump administration announced DACA will end on March 5, 2018 unless Congress acts.
“Throughout the years of serving the Hispanic community, I’ve met some amazing young people with big dreams and hopes. DACA provided that. To tie the politics of a comprehensive border security and enforcement strategy to DACA is unconscionable and we are looking for leadership on this issue from our SD members of congress, “ explained Sr. Janet Hortsman
South Dakota Voices for Peace’s mission is to empower South Dakotans with accurate information about Islam, Muslims, immigrants and refugees to fight Islamophobia and anti-immigrant bigotry in order to nurture informed, inclusive, and civically engaged communities.