WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) stands with the members of the Coalition for the American Dream in support of Dreamers, the 1.2 million individuals eligible for protection under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We are proud to partner with over 100 major companies that, in a recent letter to Congress, called for a legislative solution that would permanently protect the legal status of Dreamers.
“Dreamers are the living and breathing representation of the American Dream, and I am proud to see corporate America step up in their defense,” said USHCC President & CEO Ramiro Cavazos. “At the USHCC, we recognize that a DACA solution—along with a pathway to citizenship—is more than just the right thing to do. It is a smart choice for our economy.”
Ninety-seven percent of DACA recipients are employed, in school, or serving in the U.S. military. Each year, DACA recipients and DACA-eligible individuals pay $2 billion in state and local taxes. If Dreamers were forced to leave the United States, our country would experience a loss of $350 billion in GDP over the next decade.
The USHCC stands with the American business community to encourage Congress to pass a bipartisan solution that will protect the livelihoods of Dreamers, thereby prioritizing the needs of the American economy.
The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development, and interests of more than 4.37 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, please visit ushcc.com. Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.