For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 
Contact: 

Small Businesses Stand with Dreamers as Senate Debate Continues

WASHINGTON - 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.”

###

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do.

Main Street Alliance is a national network of small business coalitions working to build a new voice for small businesses on important public policy issues. Alliance small business owners share a vision of public policies that work for business owners, our employees, and the communities we serve.

Share This Article