“Dreamers, who came here as children, and TPS holders, who were given legal status because of safety concerns in their home countries, have made big investments in this nation as workers, entrepreneurs and taxpayers,” said John Feinblatt, president of New American Economy. “Congress needs to pass the Dream Act and SECURE Act, which would create a path for these Americans to continue contributing to their adopted home.”
New research from New American Economy finds that DACA-eligible immigrants and TPS holders:
- Are productive members of the workforce: In 2017, 93 percent of DACA-eligible immigrants and 94 percent of TPS beneficiaries were employed.
- Pay billions in federal income, state, and local taxes: In 2017, DACA-eligible immigrants paid close to $4.0 billion in taxes, while TPS holders paid more than $1.5 billion.
- Hold significant economic clout: In 2017, DACA-eligible individuals earned enough to have $19.4 billion in spending power, while TPS holders earned enough to have $5.8 billion.
- Are entrepreneurial: In 2017, there were approximately 43,000 DACA-eligible entrepreneurs.
-Read the full article at New American Economy
Take Action: Secure a path to citizenship for aspiring Americans. [h/t United We Dream]
Call: Your two senators (look up).
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I’m calling to express support for extending a clear path to citizenship for my neighbors protected by DACA, TPS, and DED. Recipients of these protections need stability, and so do their U.S.-citizen families, co-workers, and communities. I would like [NAME] to co-sponsor the bipartisan Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (DACA recipients) and the SECURE Act (for TPS and DED recipients). [Thank them if they already have–this is important.]
Thanks to our friends at Americans of Conscience for this action. Follow and subscribe at AmericansofConscience.com
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