Arizona Business Leaders Urge Voters to Support Dreamers and Vote YES on Prop 308
Phoenix, Arizona – Business leaders have joined together to urge voters to vote Yes on Proposition 308. Local business leaders know that keeping Arizona’s prospective college graduates in Arizona can only help grow our state’s economy. Granting access to in-state tuition to all Arizona graduates is an important step toward meeting critical workforce needs and would greatly benefit the state’s economy.
Prop 308 is good for Arizona’s economy. The overall spending power for all of Arizona’s DACA eligible population is over $617.9 Million. According to the latest research, earning a college degree by paying in-state tuition would boost the earnings of Arizona’s Dreamers by more than $28 million annually. More than 3,600 Arizona students would benefit from an in-state tuition policy every year.
Prop 308 is the smart thing to do and it is also the right thing to do. Dreamers are Arizona kids, and they deserve the same opportunities as other Arizona students. This is their home. Let’s make sure our college-bound Dreamers, who meet the same requirements as their classmates, pay the same in-state tuition rate. It’s only fair.
That is why Arizona’s business leaders urge Arizona voters to vote Yes on Prop 308.
“It’s time to start the reversal of very unfair state policy against immigrants, especially those who came as babies and children. Arizona is better than that! Dreamers are Arizonans. We have educated them in our schools since they were children. They have grown up with our grandchildren. It’s time for Arizona to allow in-state tuition for Dreamers. I ask all Arizonans to support Dreamers by voting yes on Prop 308.”
—David Adame, President & CEO, Chicanos Por La Causa
“In-state tuition is a state decision and Arizona voters have an opportunity to come together to ensure our Arizona students have the same chance at education. Supporting Prop. 308 will make Arizona Dreamers the same as their peers. These students are the future of our state and our economy. Please, vote YES on Prop 308!”
—Monica Villalobos, President & CEO, Arizona Hispanic Chamber
“As the first Latino President & CEO in the history of the National Hockey League, I am proud to stand with student dreamers in Arizona. These young students should be encouraged to pursue higher education and contribute to our great state. Dreamers are Arizona kids, and they deserve the same opportunities as other Arizona kids. This is their home. I ask Arizonans to stand with us and vote YES on Prop 308!”
—Xavier A. Gutierrez, President & CEO, Arizona Coyotes Hockey
“Stopping kids from going to college doesn’t make sense. It’s time for bipartisan policy solutions. Prop 308 will remove roadblocks for kids that want to go to college and contribute to our state. Now more than ever, we must keep talented students in Arizona. This November, we will work across political lines to do good for our Arizona Dreamers and our state economy.”
—Carlos Alfaro, Arizona Director, American Business Immigration Coalition
“Granting access to in-state tuition to all Arizona graduates is an important step toward meeting critical workforce needs and would greatly benefit the state’s Local economy. Immigrants are already helping Arizona meet its growing workforce needs; removing barriers for Dreamers will help the state shore up critical industries. That is why we are voting YES on Prop 308!”
—Carlos L. Velasco, CEO, Novle- Community Activators – Arizona