OCHCC Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Terminate DACA
Reuben Franco, President & CEO, Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce | Posted on September 06, 2017
Reuben Franco, President & CEO of the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (OCHCC), issued the following statement after President Trump announced the termination of the Deferred action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
ORANGE COUNTY HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE URGES CONGRESS TO ACT ON DACA.
SANTA ANA, CA,
The Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a non-partisan, pro-business organization, respectfully requests that the US Congress acts promptly to reinstate through permanent legislation the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA).
The Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has always focused on vigilance and progress for Hispanic/Latino businesses by creating and helping to build business opportunities for Hispanics/Latinos. Policy decisions such as the end of this program hurt us all collectively because of the profound and far reaching implications and the legislative uncertainty created by the President’s action will translate to even greater personal uncertainty for the many people affected.
An analysis this year by the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute found that California is home to more than 1 in 4 DACA participants, scattered among the Central Valley’s agricultural counties or clustered in urban areas such as Orange County. In California, DACA recipients have passed background checks and have been allowed to work and live legally in the state, forming part of the more than 800,000 nationwide DACA recipients with similar backgrounds.
“The future of young adults who were brought to this country through no fault of their own remain in limbo. This is not a political nor a partisan issue-this is an economic issue. Our economic vitality is threatened and we stand to lose significant numbers in our labor force and the loss of income will be in the millions.” Reuben Franco, President and CEO, Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, through its mission of support for Hispanic/Latino businesses at the local, state, national, and international level encourage our friends, partners, and stakeholders to stand up for this issue and support DACA and the law-abiding people who contribute to the greatness of America.
About the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of and provides access to Orange County’s 30,000 Hispanic-owned businesses. We support the development of these businesses by providing opportunities for networking, legislative advocacy, access to capital, education and training programs.
President and CEO,
Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce