U.S. Chamber Statement for the Record on House Judiciary Committee Hearing Entitled “Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients”

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:30am

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement for the record in anticipation of today’s hearing entitled “Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients” being held in the House Judiciary Committee:

"We commend Chairman Nadler for convening this hearing on two very important immigration matters.  American businesses across a host of industries are very concerned about the uncertain future for their employees who are DACA recipients or TPS beneficiaries.  If the DACA rescission and the cancellation of TPS designations are fully implemented, approximately 1 million people who can legally work in the U.S. today will lose their ability to do so.  Many TPS beneficiaries have legally lived and worked in our country for nearly two decades, while DACA recipients and the broader population of Dreamers know no other home than the U.S.  Deporting these people would not only contradict our nation’s economic interests; such actions would be irreconcilable with the fundamental principles that have made our country great.

"We hope the members of this committee seize the opportunity before them to work together and craft legislation that provides Dreamers and long-term TPS recipients with the certainty they need to continue building their future in the U.S.  The way to achieve legislative success and provide relief for these groups of people is through bipartisan compromise.  Partisan legislative efforts to address these issues in recent memory have all failed, and it is long past time for Congress to solve these problems and many others, including the enactment of much needed improvements to our nation’s border security efforts and our legal immigration system.  We look forward to working with the Committee as it pursues bipartisan legislation that will provide permanent, legislative relief for Dreamers and long-term beneficiaries of the TPS Program."