Hispanic Chamber Statement on DACA

Dear Members, Partners and Colleagues,

Today’s announcement by the Trump Administration to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program has hit our Latino and business community hard. As a leading organization in the Latino community, working to bring economic advancement and opportunity to ALL Latinos, we feel compelled to respond to this economically harmful and inhumane decision.

The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber stands in support of the 11,000 DACA recipients in the State of Oregon who are professionals, business owners, students and workers, who contribute every day to our country.

According to the CATO Institute, ending the DACA program for over 800,000 recipients nationally, will increase the undocumented population in the U.S., will contribute in the loss of $2 billion in local and state taxes and cost the country $280 billion in lost economic growth over the 10 years.

As a nation of immigrants, we have the moral responsibility to support and defend the “DREAMers,” who were brought to this country as young children by their parents, many of which do not know a country besides the United States and who consider themselves Americans in their hearts.

Please stand with the Hispanic Chamber, the business and our Latino community in calling upon our congressional leaders, Republican and Democratic alike, to come together and do what’s right – pass meaningful legislation that will protect our DREAMers and find a permanent solution and pass comprehensive immigration reform.

The Hispanic Chamber staff and board are ready to work with our elected officials, business and community leaders to ensure that where we live and do business, stand on the principles and beliefs that all of us are created equal and deserve the opportunity to better ourselves and in turn, our country, Oregon, and our communities.