FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
P: 202-774- 8740
December 8, 2017
Washington, DC – As the clock runs down on this year’s Congressional calendar, the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (National ACE) urges leaders of Congress to take immediate action to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
National ACE represents the business interests of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) businesses. AAPIs are the fastest growing ethnic population in the America, with approximately 21 million people.
AAPIs own 1.9 million businesses, accounting for $700 billion in annual economic output and nearly 3.6 million jobs. Because so many AAPI-owned small businesses rely on family members and other AAPI employees, our community is directly impacted by changes to immigration laws.
The DACA program was created in 2012 as a reasonable measure to provide 800,000 young undocumented immigrants with the ability to come out of the shadows and to continue their education, join the military, obtain jobs, or start a business.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, AAPIs make up 10% of the population potentially eligible for DACA, and it is critical that these AAPI students and workers be allowed to continue to contribute back to our communities.
More importantly, these young immigrants do not know any country other than America that they can call their home.
If Congress fails to enact a permanent legislative solution to protect the DACA program, tens of thousands of young AAPIs will be forced to leave their families, schools, and jobs to be deported to a country they are not familiar with.
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