LOS ANGELES, CA - (Nov. 13, 2019) The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce responds to the Supreme Court hearings on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The fate of over 700,000 lives hang in the balance as the Supreme Court argues the legality of the DACA program, which has ensured relief of deportation and provides the right to legally work for undocumented immigrant students since 2012. Thousands of DACA supporters rallied across the country this morning, including throughout California, where nearly one-third of DACA recipients live. In response to the monumental proceedings that are sure to have a dramatic effect in the Los Angeles region, Maria S. Salinas, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, issued this statement:
“The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce stands with DACA recipients as the Supreme Court considers the future of the program. Ending DACA would be a tragic decision that will result in tearing families apart,” said Salinas.
Salinas continued, “DACA recipients grew up in the United States, attended school here, started careers and have raised their own families here. All over this nation, 1.5 million individuals live with a DACA recipient. The program has opened doors for these individuals; because of the DACA protections, they have access to higher education and an opportunity to work and contribute to the economy of this country.”
While DACA only provides temporary protection and Congress has yet to create a clear path to citizenship for undocumented youth, the Supreme Court decision is paramount in deciding DACA recipients’ fate. It is critical that the Supreme Court uphold their values of fairness and accessibility by recognizing the DACA program as a path that will ensure immigrant students can continue to grow and contribute to our communities as well as have a powerful impact on our economy. DACA recipients own 59,000 homes and pay $5.7 billion in federal taxes and $3.1 billion in state and local taxes. We urge the Supreme Court to uphold the protections of DACA for our immigrant youth.
About Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in the Los Angeles region. The Chamber’s mission is to design and advance opportunities and solutions for a thriving regional economy that is inclusive and globally competitive. Founded in 1888, the Chamber is the oldest and largest business association in the region. Its member companies work together to promote a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.