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Action on Dreamers Needed



The following letter was sent to individual members of the Kansas & Missouri congressional delegations regarding “dreamers”


Dear Representative/Senator:  
 
The KC Chamber has long supported policies that maintain a competitive climate for economic development and support a 21st century workforce necessary for competition in our global economy. To that end, the KC Chamber opposes the Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and calls on our members of Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to find a legislative solution before the DACA program expires.
 
The Chamber believes the original DACA program announced in 2012 was based on sound policy and helped young people enrolled in good faith to become productive members of our communities and our workforce.
 
In Missouri, as many as 6,439 young people are DACA-eligible. An estimated 91.7 percent of them are already working and contributing to Missouri’s key industries. These individuals pay a total of $5.5 million in state and local taxes, and according to a recent study, removing them would cost Missouri more than $209 million in GDP every year.
 
In Kansas, meanwhile, as many as 9,084 young people are DACA-eligible, the vast majority (an estimated 88.1 percent) of whom are already working and contributing to our state’s key industries. These individuals pay a total of $9.5 million in state and local taxes, and according to a recent study, removing current DACA holders would cost the state of Kansas more than $336 million in GDP every year.
 
These young people are crucial to our region’s economic future, and it makes business sense to keep them in the country and allow them to work here.
 
Recent data from the Cato Institute estimated that deporting individuals with DACA status would cost the federal government over $60 billion, with an additional $280 billion in lost economic growth over the next decade.
 
The KC Chamber urges our congressional representatives to pursue measures that will allow this young population to remain in the U.S. and continue to contribute to our workforce and start new businesses that create jobs in Kansas and Missouri.
 
Let’s work together on responsible immigration policy that keeps the Kansas City region strong and growing.

                                                                                 Respectfully,
                                                                                  
                                                                                Joe Reardon

                                                                                President and CEO