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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  • Michael Bell
    signed 2018-01-12 01:26:04 -0800
    Trump is the godfather of an organized international crime family. He and his gang work only for the benefit of other kleptocrats and themselves, not for the United States of America.They will not hesitate to hollow out the United States and walk away. Vilifying immigrants is one of their tactics to enlist the loyalty of their dupes.
  • Leslie Sayre
    signed 2018-01-11 22:54:03 -0800
  • S.C. Gibson - Beverly Hills, CA
    signed 2018-01-11 21:49:18 -0800
  • Tisa Anders
    signed 2018-01-11 21:12:10 -0800
  • Malgorzata Schmidt MD, PhD
    signed 2018-01-11 21:04:51 -0800
    Dear Congress’ Republicans: Please, start acting as parents. These children DO NEED YOU.

    Badly. Much more than your own children and grandchildren.

    And with the very best New Year wishes for you, your children and grandchildren

    I remain faithfully yours
  • michael corcoran
    signed 2018-01-11 20:58:18 -0800
  • Marcia McKinzie
    signed 2018-01-11 20:16:04 -0800
  • C.A. Matthews
    signed 2018-01-11 20:03:53 -0800
  • Ken Vasek
    signed 2018-01-11 19:38:45 -0800
  • John Wienert
    signed 2018-01-11 19:37:07 -0800
  • Frank Otero
    signed 2018-01-11 19:32:07 -0800
  • Dana Allen
    signed 2018-01-11 19:27:01 -0800
    Yes for Dreamers!
  • Eric West
    signed 2018-01-11 19:20:35 -0800
    President Trump just gave every group set on suing him over his immigration policies the smoking gun of racism. Follow Trump, and you will be tied to him. Get off your butts and accomplish something. Fix this problem.
  • Shoshana Osofsky
    signed 2018-01-11 19:16:59 -0800
    Shoshana Osofsky
  • Devorah Goldberg
    signed 2018-01-11 18:50:41 -0800
    Devorah Goldberg
  • Deborah Field
    signed 2018-01-11 18:48:47 -0800
  • Judith Lasko
    signed 2018-01-11 18:43:50 -0800
    Judith Lasko
  • Rebecca Rose
    signed 2018-01-11 18:39:57 -0800
  • Anthony Somkin
    signed 2018-01-11 18:38:39 -0800
  • Brian Colfer
    signed 2018-01-11 18:37:41 -0800
    Pass the dream act.
  • Connie Siri
    signed 2018-01-11 18:36:35 -0800
    To all members of Congress and the Senate we are expecting you to hold firm and tight about Decca and not let the budget go through until it has it in it
  • Steve Sugarman
    signed 2018-01-11 18:35:18 -0800
    Stevie Sugarman
  • Annie McCuen
    signed 2018-01-11 18:14:33 -0800
  • Elizabeth Schwartz
    signed 2018-01-11 17:47:15 -0800
  • Debra Ticktin
    signed 2018-01-11 17:33:20 -0800
  • Gail Amshel
    signed 2018-01-11 17:27:52 -0800
    Gail Amshel
  • Pieter Kark
    signed 2018-01-11 17:19:58 -0800
  • Lisa McKillop
    signed 2018-01-11 17:11:00 -0800
  • Mark Eastburn
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-01-11 17:09:01 -0800
    Sign the petition: Keep Our Families Together and Communities Strong
  • Mark Eastburn
    @eastburn_mark tweeted link to this page. 2018-01-11 17:08:57 -0800

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