Keep Our Families Together and Communities Strong

We strongly urge expeditious passage of a clean Dream Act into law, protecting young immigrants who were granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.  We also urge continuation of legal protections for immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  The small business community in particular has benefited from the contributions of DACA and TPS recipients, and work authorization has enabled immigrants to become small business owners and employees, and higher wages have enabled them to become small business customers, boosting local and national economic growth.

Since 2012, the DACA initiative has provided 800,000 immigrant youth with temporary protection from deportation and renewable work permits.  One of DACA’s most critical features is the work authorization it provides recipients.  Work authorization is critical to helping DACA recipients fully participate in the labor force, and has enabled DACA recipients to start their own businesses.  A survey conducted by the Center for American Progress of DACA recipients found that they are starting small businesses at a higher rate than the general population.  Five percent of respondents became small business owners after receiving DACA, compared three percent of the general population.  

Overall, 87 percent  of DACA recipients are currently employed, and many have found employment in small businesses.  Small businesses thrive when they are able to hire skilled and committed employees, regardless of immigration status, and many of these employees are DACA recipients.  Ending DACA would cause businesses to incur at least $3.4 billion in turnover costs.

DACA has also had a significant positive impact on wages.  The average hourly wage of recipients increased by 69 percent after receiving DACA.  As DACA workers earn higher wages, they purchase more goods and services from small businesses and helping to fuel economic growth.  Small businesses rely on a strong economy to provide a robust and sustainable customer base. Without DACA, U.S. gross domestic product would be reduced by $433.4 billion over the following 10 years.  

As DACA recipients receive higher wages, they also pay more in taxes, increasing local, state and federal tax revenues.  Ending DACA would reduce contributions to Social Security and Medicare by $24.6 billion over the next decade.  As wages disappear and tax revenue dries up, the ripple effect of slashing hundreds of thousands of jobs from the economy would hit Main Street small businesses hard.

TPS recipients also significantly contribute to the U.S. economy.  Most TPS recipients are from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti, and if they were removed from the labor force, the country would lose $164 billion in GDP over the next 10 years.  Terminating TPS for these three countries would also result in a $6.9 billion loss to Social Security and Medicare contributions over a decade.  Finally, businesses would experience nearly $1 billion in turnover costs.

There is no question that ending DACA and TPS for will destroy lives and tear apart families and communities, but it would also devastate the national economy and small businesses.  DACA and TPS recipients are small business owners, small business employees and small business customers.  On behalf of the thousands of Main Street small business owners we represent, we urge you to pass a clean Dream Act into law, ensuring legal protections for young immigrants, and continue legal protections for individuals with Temporary Protected Status.


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  • Mo Kafka
    signed 2018-01-17 09:31:00 -0800
  • Mark Eastburn
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-01-17 09:29:54 -0800
    Sign the petition: Keep Our Families Together and Communities Strong
  • Mark Eastburn
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    Sign the petition: Keep Our Families Together and Communities Strong
  • Mark Eastburn
    @eastburn_mark tweeted link to this page. 2018-01-17 09:29:40 -0800
  • Mark And Suzanne Eastburn
    signed 2018-01-17 09:29:25 -0800
    Please do the right thing.
  • Gary Peniston
    signed 2018-01-17 09:29:19 -0800
    The construction industry is short about 240,000 workers. EVERY contractor I know is looking for help. Most native-born people don’t want to work that hard.
  • Martin Rickman
    signed 2018-01-17 09:27:04 -0800
    Martin Rickman
  • William Carter
    signed 2018-01-17 09:21:40 -0800
  • michael leonard
    signed 2018-01-14 16:21:35 -0800
  • Laurel Tucker
    signed 2018-01-14 09:35:35 -0800
  • Al Sheikh
    signed 2018-01-13 11:00:49 -0800
  • Karralena Castaway
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-01-12 20:43:22 -0800
    Sign the petition: Keep Our Families Together and Communities Strong
  • Karralena Castaway
    signed 2018-01-12 20:42:58 -0800
  • Letitia Bunge
    signed 2018-01-12 14:35:12 -0800
    Letitia Bunge
  • Jane Macdonald
    signed 2018-01-12 10:27:26 -0800
    Jane H Macdonald
  • Kimberely Jutze
    signed 2018-01-12 10:11:23 -0800
  • Mary StClair
    signed 2018-01-12 09:48:53 -0800
  • jesse barber
    signed 2018-01-12 09:44:53 -0800
  • Nora Nelle
    signed 2018-01-12 09:28:48 -0800
  • Starr Morgan
    signed 2018-01-12 09:10:20 -0800
  • Chris Jones
    signed 2018-01-12 08:43:47 -0800
  • Jo Ann McGreevy
    signed 2018-01-12 08:43:04 -0800
    This is a critically important “program”! It must be extended in order to save over 800,000 young people who are nowAmericans!
  • cooper ashe
    signed 2018-01-12 08:31:25 -0800
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  • Marcia Miqueloto
    signed 2018-01-12 08:08:29 -0800
    It is important to keep these young students here in the USA. They will fulfill professional jobs in the future
  • Nancy Morris-Judd
    signed 2018-01-12 07:43:25 -0800
  • Elvi Bjorkquist
    signed 2018-01-12 07:24:22 -0800
  • David Byrne
    signed 2018-01-12 06:43:41 -0800
  • Tikkun Olam Warrior
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  • leigh-ann renz
    signed 2018-01-12 02:36:26 -0800
  • Jerry Tobe
    signed 2018-01-12 01:48:11 -0800
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