After President Trump decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which gives young people who are not yet citizens the ability to work in the U.S., many spoke out against the decision, and for good reason. As explained by Todd Schulte, President of FWD.us, “Trump’s decision will have drastic and devastating consequences for our economy and our communities, and if Congress does not act:
- An average of 1,400 Dreamers will be forced from their jobs every business day for the next two years.
- Every single Dreamer will be subject to deportation, often to countries they cannot even remember.
- And our economy will lose billions — $460.3 billion to be specific — over the next decade.”
After School’s Jeff Collins is one of more than 400 business leaders who recently signed an open letter to President Trump, asking him to preserve the DACA program. “As a company built by immigrants, political refugees, and people of diverse backgrounds, all working together in America, we understand that strength and success come not just from hard work but through the values of openness, inclusion, and compassion,” says Collins, adding, “These young people are a part of our national fabric and are making significant contributions to our economy, communities, and the diversity that makes this country great.”
To show your support and help 800,000 hardworking young “Dreamers” continue to bring value to our country and communities, call congress to tell them why a bi-partisan DREAM Act is necessary. Details available here.