June 24, 2020
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against the presidential administration’s move to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program, which began in 2012, provides temporary protection from deportation to qualified individuals who arrived in the U.S. as children and allows them to work and attend school. The Chamber has long supported the DACA program and has issued letters in support of maintaining the program. Nearly 800,000 DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers, are a vital part of the U.S. economy and nearly a third of all DACA recipients are essential workers helping communities through this pandemic, with 29,000 serving as health care professionals working on the front lines. We urge Congress to take up legislation to make this program permanent and prevent future uncertainty for our communities and economy.