DACA Statement from the Greenville Chamber

Published Friday, September 8, 2017 9:00 am

On Tuesday, September 6, 2017, President Trump ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation. He urged Congress to pass a replacement before he begins phasing out its protections in six months.

As early as March, officials said, some of the up to 800,000 young adults brought to the United States illegally as children who qualify for the program, will become eligible for deportation. The five-year-old policy allows them to remain without fear of immediate removal from the country and gives them the right to work legally.

According to Greenville Chamber President and CEO, Carlos Phillips:

“The Greenville Chamber is disappointed in the Administration's decision to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA residents enrolled in the program in good faith, came out of the economic shadows, and became a crucial part of our region's - and our nation's – economy. Reversing this policy now runs contrary to our American values.

There are approximately 7,000 DACA recipients working, paying taxes and contributing to businesses in South Carolina. Ending their eligibility to work legally runs completely against the President's stated goal to expand our nation’s economy.

Thousands of DACA residents are filling critical holes in our region’s workforce. Our businesses already run with thousands of unfilled positions each day. This decision will be a drag on productivity, business growth and our Upstate economy.

We call on the South Carolina Congressional Delegation to follow Senator Graham's lead and work quickly to find a solution before DACA expires next year.”

For more information or for questions about the Greenville Chamber’s business advocacy positions, please contact Jason Zacher, Vice President of Business Advocacy, at 864-787-6608 or jzacher@greenvillechamber.org.

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