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L.A. Area Chamber Responds to President Trump Rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

LOS ANGELES, CA - In response to President Trump calling to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama administration decision to allow the children of undocumented immigrants to stay in this country, Gary Toebben, President & CEO of the Chamber, issued this statement:

"Last week, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce urged President Trump to allay workforce concerns among employers and keep DACA. Unfortunately, the President’s decision today to end this program is tragic for both the families it will tear apart and the employers who will lose hard-working, dedicated employees.  As we often point out, we know the 
powerful impact immigrants have on our economy and communities," said Toebben.

Toebben continued, "Now our call on Congress is stronger than ever. The current bi-partisan Dream Act 2017 introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., would provide a long-term solution for these youth who want to work and go to school without being terrified of deportation. Again, as I stated last week, ensuring these youth are protected is not only the right thing to do, but Los Angeles and the United States are the better because of it."
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County.  Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region.  For more information, visit