We are incensed and deeply saddened to learn the President will rescind DACA protections intentionally hurting nearly 800,000 young people who are fellow Americans in every way. DACA recipients, through their accomplishments, have proven just how much the U.S. gains from their contributions. We call on Congress to immediately pass legislation protecting our youth and creating a pathway to citizenship for all DACA recipients.
“USCRI has served immigrants for over 100 years, and have seen the contributions they make to America. Since DACA was implemented 97% of DACA recipients have a job or are in school. They are contributing to America and this decision is not only inhumane, but bad social and economic policy,” said Lavinia Limon, President and CEO of USCRI.
The Center for American Progress (CAP) estimates that ending DACA would mean a loss of $460.3 billion from the national GDP over the next decade. Additionally, the deportation of DACA youth would cost the American economy billions of dollars.
“USCRI will continue to support immigrants and refugees because we believe everyone, everywhere has equal value and the global family is strengthened when all of humanity is recognized,” said Ms. Limon.