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For Immediate Release

Angela Simaan,

Small Businesses Stand with Dreamers as Senate Debate Continues


The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on four immigration proposals tonight or tomorrow, Friday February 16, ahead of a week-long Congressional recess. Amanda Ballantyne, National Director of Main Street Alliance, a national network of small business owners, released the following statement:

"President Trump created economic uncertainty when he abruptly ended DACA. Small business owners around the country are encouraged that Congress is finally paying serious attention to cleaning up his mess, and the Main Street Alliance continues to urge the passage of a clean Dream Act immediately as the best solution for small business.

Immigrants are essential to the health of small business and the economy. With work authorization, 91 percent of Dreamers are employed, many in small businesses. DACA recipients start small businesses at a higher rate than the population as a whole, and the 1.3 million Dreamers in the US contribute an estimated $1.7 billion a year in state and local tax. Without DACA, we stand to lose about $700 million in tax revenue and another $3.4 billion in employment turnover costs.

Small business owners rely on Dreamers and their families as employees, customers, and neighbors. The best way forward for Main Street is to protect immigrant youth and their families with a clean Dream Act."

The Main Street Alliance (MSA) is a national network of small business coalitions working to build a new voice for small businesses on important public policy issues. Main Street Alliance members are working throughout the country to build policies that work for business owners, their employees, and the communities they serve.