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Greater Boston Chamber Joins 50 Other Chambers Of Commerce To Call On Congress To Pass Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Dreamers

April 13, 2018

Local and state business leaders cite billions in tax contributions and economic growth in call for a solution to keep Dreamers in the United States. 

Boston, MA — Yesterday, The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce joined over 50 chambers of commerce from 23 states to sign an open letter to Congressional leadership calling for bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers. The undersigned business leaders recognize the important role Dreamers play in keeping our workforce young and competitive, contributing to the tax base, and creating jobs for all Americans.  

“The thousands of Dreamers working and studying here in Massachusetts have grown up in this country and are integral to our economic success,” said James E. Rooney, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. “I hope Congress acts quickly to allow these hardworking young people to remain in our communities." 

“Dreamers shouldn’t have to pay the price for the gridlock in Washington,” said John Feinblatt, President of New American Economy. “It’s time for Congress to do what makes business sense, end the legal limbo, and ensure Dreamers can pursue their careers right here in America.”

Given the uncertainty surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, chambers are calling on Congress to pass a permanent solution now. A recent poll by New American Economy (NAE) and Target Point Consulting found that there is bipartisan support for protecting Dreamers, including among majorities of conservatives and President Trump’s base voters.     

According to research by New American Economy (NAE), Dreamers make significant contributions to the Massachusetts economy. There are 16,483 DACA-eligible individuals in our state who earn over $400 million in total income annually and contribute more than $67 million in total taxes annually, $32.3 million of which goes to state and local tax revenue.    

About the Greater Boston Chamber 

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is the convener, voice and advocate of our region’s business community, committed to making Greater Boston the best place for businesses and people to thrive. It helps its members and Greater Boston succeed by convening and connecting the business  community; researching, developing and advocating for public policies that contribute to our region’s economic success; and providing comprehensive leadership development programs designed to grow strong business and civic leaders. Learn more at BostonChamber.com.    

About New American Economy 

New American Economy (NAE) brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic and Independent mayors and business leaders who support immigration reforms that will help create jobs for Americans today. Coalition members include mayors of more than 35 million people nationwide and business leaders of companies that generate more than $1.5 trillion and employ more than 4 million people across all sectors of the economy, from Agriculture to Aerospace, Hospitality to High Tech and Media to Manufacturing. Learn more at www.newamericaneconomy.org.     

Learn more and view the full letter on our policy page.