Andy Gronik: These people aren’t just DREAMers — they are proven “do-ers”

By Andy Gronik

I hate that we casually refer to some people in our country as “legal” or “illegal.” We are all people. Period.

I love that we’ve found our way to describing some of these people as “DREAMers.” And these DREAMers — over 7,000 of them living in Wisconsin — have been here since they were kids.

They’ve been going to school, attending college, working jobs, starting businesses, paying taxes, making a difference in their communities and, in some cases, putting their life on the line for our country in the military. These people aren’t just DREAMers — they are proven “do-ers.”

Today is Citizenship Day. And unlike Governor Walker, I’m fighting President Trump’s decision to repeal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) because this is a bad deal for Wisconsin and is bad for Wisconsin families. Add your name to the petition.

There are more than 800,000 DREAMers in America, but President Trump and Governor Walker want to put their lives, and the economic development they bring, at risk because of promises they made to extremists in their base.

It’s wrong, it’s bad economics, and I won’t stand for it.

Mr. “Art of the Deal” and Mr. Walker both fail to recognize that immigrants and their children have created over 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies in America and employ hundreds of thousands of workers in good-paying, family-sustaining jobs with good benefits.

Working families want more great American companies with good-paying jobs, not fewer.

Our government made a promise to these DREAMers that if they registered and played by the rules they could stay and live out their dreams. Instead of trying to use them to score cheap political points, President Trump and Congress should make DACA permanent and give these young people a pathway to citizenship.

I’m encouraged by recent news reports that Democrats may be close to a deal to save DACA, but we know President Trump and the Republicans in Congress will never go for it if we don’t keep the pressure on. Add your name to the petition.

This is about real people and doing what’s right for our country and state! Pretty simple!

Thank you.