As a member of the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership, we are pleased to share their statement:
The Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP) and its member organizations vehemently urge Congress to reach a resolution that provides the approximately 690,000 DACA recipients* with a fair and just permanent status designation and an end to living in fear of deportation. The time to act is now. Despite immigration being highly politicized and a topic filled with false rhetoric, it is important to ensure that the facts are understood by those making these life-changing decisions for people who have been in the country virtually their entire lives. One crucial, foundational fact is that despite the xenophobic notion that immigrants have a negative impact on the U.S., immigrants in general, but especially DACA recipients, contribute meaningfully to the cultural, intellectual, and economic development of the United States.
When discussing DACA it is very important to also consider the following facts about DACA recipients:
- Dreamers pay taxes. DACA recipients pay roughly $2 billion each year in state and local taxes.
- Many beneficiaries of the program serve in the US Military. There are approximately 900 DACA recipients.
- Dreamers contribute to the wellbeing of their communities. Countless DACA recipients volunteered in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
- 72% of recipients are pursuing higher education. 2 million students in American high schools and colleges are enrolled in or eligible for DACA.
- More than 91% of DACA recipients have jobs.
- Dreamers are business owners. DACA recipients are twice more likely to start a business than the average U.S.
- The majority of recipients are children younger than age 25.
- Polls have indicated that the majority of registered voters in the U.S. believe that DACA recipients should be given permanent citizenship.
Dreamers are Americans and this should not be a partisan issue, this should be a humanitarian and a morality issue. The decision made will have a profound impact on people who have sacrificed and contributed significantly to our country in innumerable ways. But it will also have a profound and direct impact on the economic well being of our country because, as stated, the United States benefits greatly from DACA recipients not just culturally but economically. The Center for American Progress estimates that the U.S. will lose $460 billion in GDP over the next decade without the DACA program.
Once again, HTTP and its members call on Congress to act and provide the permanent solution these hardworking, law-abiding members of our society deserve. They represent the best of the American Dream.
*Approximately 800,000 DREAMers have received work permits and protection from deportation through the DACA program, since its creation five years ago. Nearly 690,000 of these immigrants are currently enrolled in the program
ASPIRA Association, Cuban American National Council, Dialogue on Diversity, Hispanic Federation, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), MANA, A National Latina Organization, National Association of Hispanic Publications, National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, National Hispanic Council on Aging, National Hispanic Medical Association, SER- Jobs for Progress National, Inc., United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), The Latino Coalition, U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute, U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
The Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP) is the leading national Latino voice on telecommunications and technology policy issues. We are a nonpartisan coalition of national Latino organizations working to ensure that the full array of technological and telecommunications advancements are available to all Latinos in the United States. HTTP members are nonprofit organizations that support the social, political, and economic advancement of over 50 million Americans of Hispanic descent by facilitating access to high quality education, economic opportunity and effective health care through the use of technology tools and resources.
About the USHCC
The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development, and interests of more than 4.4 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $700 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, visit ushcc.com. Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.