Dozens of Nation’s Top Business Leaders Urge Congress to Protect Dreamers in Wake of District Court Ruling

July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON D.C. – Dozens of the nation’s top CEOs representing major companies, associations and organizations from across the country sent a joint letter to President Biden and Congressional leaders in both parties today outlining why Congress must take up and swiftly pass legislation this year that will help protect Dreamers, U.S. companies, and the country.

Citing the recent ruling in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, these top business leaders who collectively represent every major sector of the economy and millions of American workers said the court’s decision “further throws into chaos the lives of these Dreamers
and impedes their ability to legally work and contribute to our country.”


The new letter and urgent call for action also ran as a full-page advertisement that was
purchased in today’s New York Times. Click here to see.

“We strongly urge Congress to pass legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. Securing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers not only is the right thing to do, but is a huge economic benefit to the United States,” the CEOs letter reads. “Bills like the Dream and Promise Act or DREAM Act are commonsense solutions with broad bipartisan support; the overwhelming majority of voters on both sides of the aisle agree that Dreamers should be allowed to remain in the U.S., including recent polling showing that 74% of likely voters support this legislation, including a majority of Independents, Republicans, and Democrats. The latest court ruling makes it all the more urgent that Congress take up and pass a legislative solution right away. We urge you to swiftly pass legislation that will help Dreamers, U.S. companies, and the country.”

Click here to read the full letter.

Coalition of Nation’s Top Employers: Hanen Decision On DACA Makes Clear Why Congress Must Act To Protect Dreamers

July 16, 2021

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Coalition for the American Dream, which comprises more than 100 of
the nation’s top businesses and trade associations representing every major sector of the
economy and millions of U.S. workers, today issued the following statement regarding
Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling in the Southern District of Texas on the Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“Today’s ruling only reinforces the critical message that Congress must act.

We have seen time and again that the overwhelming majority of the American public of all
political backgrounds agrees that we should protect Dreamers.

DACA recipients have been critical members of our workforce, industries, and communities for
years now. Their work and commitment to our companies, their families and communities are
critical to our nation’s strength, especially since there are tens of thousands of DACA recipients
working as front line doctors and nurses and in other critical industries fighting COVID-19.”

On 9th Anniversary of DACA, Top Business Coalition Urges Action on Bipartisan Dream Act

June 15, 2021

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Coalition for the American Dream, which comprises more than 100 of the nation’s top businesses and trade associations representing every major sector of the economy and millions of U.S. workers, today released the following statement on the 9th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – or DACA – which was signed by then-President Obama on June 15, 2012.

Notably, the anniversary comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing today on H.R. 6, American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, which would provide Dreamers the opportunity to earn lawful permanent residence and, eventually, American citizenship if they meet certain requirements. The Coalition has previously endorsed both H.R. 6 and the bipartisan Dream Act introduced by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham.

Coalition for the American Dream Statement Today:

“Today’s anniversary is a reminder that for far too long, Congress has failed to pass permanent protections for Dreamers despite bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress and the strong support of a majority of Americans in both political parties.

“These are young people who were brought to this country through no fault of their own, have grown up in our communities and who now play an important role in our country, particularly for our businesses. DACA recipients contribute billions of dollars to the GDP, they pay federal, state, and local taxes, they work at our companies, teach our children in school, and serve in our military. They deserve permanent protections and to have the threat of deportation lifted once and for all.

The House has acted to pass American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 (H.R. 6) back in March, and it’s our hope that the Senate will soon vote and send a bill to President Biden for his signature. Dreamers and the U.S. business community that employs many of them should not have to wait another 9 years for Congress to address this critical issue.”

America’s Job Creators Praise Passage of House Legislation to Protect Dreamers & Economic Growth

March 18, 2021

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Coalition for the American Dream, which comprises more than 100 of the nation’s top businesses and trade associations representing every major sector of the economy and millions of U.S. workers, today praised House passage of H.R. 6, American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, which would provide Dreamers the opportunity to earn lawful permanent residence and, eventually, American citizenship if they meet certain requirements. 

Importantly, the legislation would also protect thousands of American businesses and local communities where Dreamers play a critical role as essential, front-line personnel fighting COVID-19.  Studies by economists across the ideological spectrum have determined that if Congress fails to act, America’s economy could lose $350 billion in GDP, and the federal government could lose $90 billion in tax revenue.  Continued delay or inaction will also cause significant negative economic and social impact on businesses. 

“This vote is an important step forward towards Congress finally addressing a long overdue issue that Americans in both parties overwhelmingly support,” the Coalition said today.  “These young people are critical members of our workforce and communities, and they deserve protection.  For too long, thousands of Dreamers and the American businesses and communities where they live and work have been in limbo because of Congressional inaction.  Now that the House has acted, it’s our hope that the Senate will soon vote and send a bill to President Biden for his signature.”

Top Business Coalition Sends Letter to Senate Leaders Urging Swift Action on Bipartisan Dream Act

CNBC – 03/03/2021

March 03, 2021

WASHINGTON D.C. – In a letter sent today to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, the Coalition for the American Dream, which comprises more than 100 of the nation’s top businesses and trade associations representing every major sector of the economy and millions of U.S. workers, said both parties should work together to pass the bipartisan Dream Act of 2021 (S.264) in the immediate weeks ahead.

The Coalition also published the letter in a full-page print ad in the New York Times which can be viewed here.  It also comes the same day that the Coalition is hosting a “virtual fly-in” where DACA recipients who work for Coalition member companies like IBM, Microsoft and Intel are meeting with Senators and their staff to discuss this important legislation. 

Sponsored by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the bipartisan Dream Act, would allow young immigrants who came to this country as children, and grew up in the United States, to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship if they meet certain educational or military requirements, successfully pass a background check, and remain in good legal standing. 

“This important legislation has our strong support and we ask that you and your colleagues consider and pass it in the immediate weeks ahead,” the Coalition wrote today.  “Poll after poll has shown that overwhelming majorities of Americans in both political parties support Dreamers.  They are critical members of our workforce, industries, and communities, and they have abided by the laws and regulations of our country in order to qualify under the conditions set forth in the Dream Act.  They are vital to our nation’s strength, especially now when tens of thousands of them are currently working as essential front-line personnel fighting COVID-19.”

In January, the Coalition also sent a letter to President Biden pledging support for a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers.  “DACA recipients contribute billions of dollars to the GDP; they pay federal, state, and local taxes; they work at our companies, teach our children in school, and serve in our military….We look forward to working alongside you and your Administration to swiftly pass a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers, that includes a pathway to citizenship, within your first 100 days in office,” the Coalition wrote.

Top Business Coalition Applauds Bipartisan Effort in Senate to Provide Permanent Protections for Dreamers

February 04, 2021

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Coalition for the American Dream, which comprises more than 100 of the nation’s top businesses and trade associations representing every major sector of the economy and millions of U.S. workers, today applauded U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for introducing a permanent bipartisan legislative solution to protect Dreamers and urged Congress to pass it within the first 100 days of the new Congress. 

The two Senators this week reintroduced the bipartisan Dream Act, which would allow immigrants who came to this country as children, and grew up in the United States, to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship if they meet certain educational or military requirements, successfully pass a background check, and remain in good legal standing. 

“Poll after poll has shown that overwhelming majorities of Americans in both political parties support Dreamers.  Providing permanent protections for these hardworking young people who have always called America their home, is long overdue and it is time for Congress to act,” the Coalition said today.  “We applaud the cosponsors and supporters of this bill for reaching across the political divide and finding common ground on this legislation.  These young people are important to the future of our companies and our economy, and job creators across the country are counting on Congress and the new Administration.  It’s now incumbent on leaders in both parties to build on this momentum and help get this legislation across the finish line.”

Last week, the Coalition sent a letter to President Biden pledging support for a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers.  “DACA recipients contribute billions of dollars to the GDP; they pay federal, state, and local taxes; they work at our companies, teach our children in school, and serve in our military.  Further, 1 million Dreamers are helping us combat COVID-19 and recover from this economic crisis on the front lines as essential workers….We look forward to working alongside you and your Administration to swiftly pass a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers, that includes a pathway to citizenship, within your first 100 days in office,” the Coalition wrote.

Coalition of Top Employers Sends Letter to President Biden Urging Action to Achieve Permanent Protections for Dreamers in First 100 Days

January 25, 2021

Dear President Biden:

We offer our congratulations on your inauguration and thank you for both taking immediate executive action to protect Dreamers and for your commitment to passing bipartisan legislation that will provide them a pathway to citizenship. Given the years-long uncertainty these young
men and women, as well as their employers, have faced and the ongoing litigation seeking to end DACA protections, it is our hope that this goal can be met in the first 100 days of your Administration. We are committed to doing our part and working with you to achieve permanent protections for Dreamers.

As you may know, the Coalition for the American Dream is an organization comprised of more than 100 of the nation’s top businesses and trade associations, representing every major sector of the U.S. economy and millions of U.S. workers. This includes thousands of DACA recipients and so we know firsthand their important contributions to our companies and our
country. DACA recipients contribute billions of dollars to the GDP; they pay federal, state, and local taxes; they work at our companies, teach our children in school, and serve in our military.

Further, 1 million Dreamers are helping us combat COVID-19 and recover from this economic crisis on the front lines as essential workers.

Providing permanent protections for these hardworking young people who have always called America their home, is long overdue and it is time for Congress to act.

We look forward to working alongside you and your Administration to swiftly pass a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers, that includes a pathway to citizenship, within your first 100 days in office. This will greatly benefit U.S. businesses, communities, and the economy.

Respectfully,
The Coalition for the American Dream

Coalition of Top Employers Commends Select of Alejandro Mayorkas to Lead Department of Homeland Security

November 30, 2020

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Coalition for the American Dream issued the following statement today commending the forthcoming nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to be the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security:

“The Coalition for the American Dream congratulates Alejandro Mayorkas on his impending nomination to be the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and commends President-elect Biden for choosing a leader with such extensive experience and expertise.

This important and welcomed selection by President-elect Biden signals his commitment to protecting Dreamers and we look forward to working with his administration on common sense proposals that will provide legal certainty for Dreamers and avoid significant disruptions to the American workforce and economy.

Alejandro Mayorkas has long been a respected voice and leader within the national security and U.S. business communities, has deep roots at the Department of Homeland Security, and served as the Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Cyber Leadership Council.

As companies and associations, whose industries span the diverse breadth of the U.S. economy and are many of the country’s biggest job creators, we have made clear that urgent administrative and legislative action is needed to protect Dreamers. President-elect Biden’s decision to nominate Alejandro Mayorkas to lead the Department of Homeland Security is a crucial step in that direction.”

The Coalition for the American Dream includes more than 100 of the nation’s top businesses and trade associations and nearly every sector of the U.S. economy.

Coalition of Nation’s Top Employers Congratulates President-Elect Biden & Commends Commitment to Protecting Dreamers

November 16, 2020

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Coalition for the American Dream issued the following statement today congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and calling on him to champion permanent protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients when he takes office in
January:

We congratulate President-elect Biden and commend his commitment to keep the full DACA program in place while supporting bi-partisan legislation to give Dreamers a pathway to citizenship. As a coalition that represents many of the country’s biggest job creators, we believe urgent administrative and legislative action is needed to protect these hardworking young people.

The U.S. is home to nearly 700,000 DACA recipients who have lived under a cloud of uncertainty for years. DACA recipients contribute billions in annual economic growth and federal, state, and local taxes, and play critical roles in the U.S. workforce, as employees, businessowners, and consumers. Nearly one-third of all DACA recipients are helping us combat COVID-19 and recover from this economic crisis on the front lines as essential workers.

Our Coalition looks forward to seeing greater protections for our DACA employees swiftly implemented while working with Members of Congress to help pass a permanent bipartisan legislative solution for Dreamers that will benefit U.S. businesses, communities, and the economy.

The Coalition for the American Dream includes more than 140 of the nation’s top businesses and trade associations and represents nearly every sector of the U.S. economy.

Coalition of Nation’s Top Employers Urge the Administration to Preserve the DACA Program

August 04, 2020

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Coalition for the American Dream issued the following statement today regarding the Trump Administration’s recent announcement affecting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“The federal government should be focused first and foremost on rebuilding the U.S. economy and protecting communities from further harm. We are dismayed by the Administration’s recent actions limiting the DACA program and are increasingly concerned by indications they intend to end the program.

“The Administration should abandon efforts to rescind the program and immediately work with Congress to finally provide DACA recipients with permanent protections. We urge the Senate to take up bipartisan legislation, like the American Dream and Promise Act which passed the House last year.”

The Coalition for the American Dream includes more than 100 of the nation’s top businesses and trade associations and nearly every sector of the U.S. economy

July 11, 2020

Coalition for the American Dream Releases Letter Strongly Urging President Trump to Leave DACA Program In Place

Dear Mr. President:
The Coalition for the American Dream is an organization of business leaders supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and pursuing a bipartisan, permanent legislative solution for Dreamers. Our membership includes more than 140 employers and trade associations spanning a variety of U.S. industries, from retail to manufacturing to tech, that represent more than half of American private sector workers.

As large American employers and employer organizations, we strongly urge you to leave the DACA program in place. DACA recipients have been critical members of our workforce, industries, and communities for years now, and they have abided by the laws and regulations of our country in order to maintain their DACA status. Their work and commitment to our companies, their families and communities are critical to our nation’s strength, especially since there are tens of thousands of DACA recipients working as front line doctors and nurses and in other critical industries fighting COVID19. Moreover, poll after poll has shown that the overwhelming majority of Americans of all political backgrounds agree that we should protect DACA recipients from deportation.

This is no time to disrupt the economic recovery of our companies and communities, nor time to jeopardize the health and safety of these vulnerable individuals. We ask that you leave DACA in place and refrain from taking any additional administrative actions that would negatively impact the DACA program.

Respectfully,
The Coalition for the American Dream

Coalition of Nation’s Top Employers Applaud Supreme Court Decision Supporting Dreamers, Renew Call For Congressional Action

June 18 2020

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Coalition for the American Dream issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“Today’s court ruling is beneficial not only for those protected under the DACA program, but for U.S. businesses and the broader economy. The United States is home to nearly 700,000 DACA recipients – young immigrants who came to this country as children. It has granted them
the ability to legally study and work in the U.S. since 2012, benefiting the program’s recipients and our entire nation in the process.”

“The Supreme Court made the correct decision today. The continuation of the DACA program means that program recipients, many of whom are critical U.S. employees, health care workers and business owners, who contribute to our nation’s health, economic growth, taxes, and overall
success, can remain doing just that.”

“As our nation responds to COVID-19, we need these hardworking individuals like the 27,000 front line healthcare workers protected under the DACA program and the many others who are supporting our fragile economy, now more than ever. Congress must use this momentum to
finally provide DACA recipients with permanent protections, to the benefit of U.S. businesses and the economy. The Administration should keep the program in place.”