Chicago, Illinois – Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the legality of the Trump administration’s termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The outcome of this case will determine the future of nearly 700,000 young people in our nation who are currently DACA recipients, putting them at risk of losing their ability to work, study, and remain in the United States.
The American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) represents a growing and diverse set of businesses and business associations working across party lines with the belief that federal immigration reform is economically important, politically smart and morally right.
John Rowe, Chairman Emeritus of Exelon Corporation and ABIC Co-Chair “For bright, resilient young people, like many students that Jeanne and I support, DACA has enabled them to finish their education, work and pay taxes. DACA cannot be resolved by litigation, threats or capitulation on either side. It can only be resolved by comprehensive immigration reform legislation.”
Carole Segal, Co-founder of Crate and Barrel and ABIC Co-Chair “Everyday that Congress refuses to address our broken immigration system brings us closer to losing an entire generation of immigrants that were raised in and educated by the U.S., and who want nothing more than to continue living and working in the country they call home. Our economy cannot afford to lose the DACA workforce. Punishing these young people for Congress’ lack of political will is morally reprehensible and economically unsound. By terminating DACA alone, we stand to lose close to 700,000 co-workers, employees, teachers, nurses, engineers, parents and neighbors. We must demand that Congress work on a permanent solution for our fellow Americans.”
Lester Crown, Chairman Emeritus of Henry Crown & Co. and ABIC Steering Committee Member “Our nation prides itself on being the ‘land of opportunity’ — a safe haven for the persecuted, and a place where the children of poor immigrants can reliably build a better future for themselves and their family. That is the story of my own family and millions of others. Eventually our nation will need to decide if we really want immigrants to have the same opportunities afforded my family. If we deny that opportunity to the immigrants of today, we not only lose sight of our founding principles, but also inflict long-term damage on our nation.”
Mike Fernandez, Chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners and ABIC Co-Chair “The federal government has been playing with the lives of Dreamers for too long. With the overwhelming majority of Americans supportive of Dreamers remaining in our country and providing them with a pathway to citizenship, President Trump and Congress need to come to the table to do what they were elected to do and find a permanent legislative solution for these young people and their families.”
With the average DACA recipient having arrived in the U.S. in 1999, and over one-third arriving before the age of five, they have deep roots in our society and economy. They are engineers, doctors, teachers, business owners, students and much more, and 96% of Dreamers are either in school or participating in the workforce, and 6% have started their own businesses. Losing the contributions of DACA recipients would cost the U.S. economy $351 billion and $92 billion in tax revenue for the U.S. Treasury from 2019 to 2028, as well as immeasurable losses in non-quantifiable areas such as business and medical innovation in our country.
GUIDANCE FOR CURRENT DACA RECIPIENTS: If you or your employees have DACA, we urge you to renew now if applicable. This only applies to renewals. No new applications are being considered. You can receive assistance with your renewal application of scholarships with ABIC by filling out the following form. If you are an employer or supporter, consider covering the cost of DACA renewals at $495 per application or volunteering at our next DACA legal clinic.
The American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) promotes commonsense immigration reform that advances economic competitiveness, provides American companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and allows the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs and citizens. For more information please visit www.abic.us.