Contact: Moises Cisneros
THE LOS ANGELES LATINO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE JOINS BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS IN OPPOSING THE CANCELLATION OF THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) PROGRAM BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
The LALCC joins business leaders and executives including Brad Smith (Microsoft), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Sundar Pichai (Google) and others by calling on Congress to reach a consensus to protect the almost 800,000 young people under the DACA program.
Los Angeles, CA - September 6, 2017 -
The Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce (LALCC) strongly denounces the Trump administration for deciding to eliminate the DACA program and urges Congress to enact legislative protections for the approximately 800,000 young individuals, known as the "Dreamers."
According to a recent study by the CATO Institute, ending the DACA program will cost the country $280 billion in economic growth over the next decade, with California losing approximately $70 billion.
The Executive Director of the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce, Moises Cisneros, said of this recent development, "
We have a moral obligation to support and defend 'Dreamers' who arrived to this country at a very young age and through no fault of their own. These individuals have become inspiring contributors to our American way of life and play a substantial role in the fabric of our communities. To forcefully remove them now is inhumane and detrimental to our economy."
Last week, dozens of prominent business leaders agreed that revocation of work permits to Dreamers-who contribute more than $2 billion in federal and state taxes-would result in a loss of $460.3 billion dollars for the United States.
The Chairman of the LALCC Board, Gil Vasquez said, "I urge our congressional leadership on both sides of the aisle to work towards a solution that will honor our history as a nation of immigrants and protect an important part of our economic engine made up of Dreamers."
LALCC Executive Board member Raul Salinas agreed and added, "we look forward to collaborating with other like-minded organizations to ensure the integrity of the DREAM Act legislation is not watered down in the coming weeks and months."
The LALCC actively promotes the economic development and interests of the 300,000 Latino owned businesses in Los Angeles County.
The LALCC is committed to creating an environment where Latino business revenues are doubled by 2023. The mission of the LALCC is to facilitate the upward mobility of the Los Angeles Latino community. For more information, visit us at LALCC