As business leaders, job creators and entrepreneurs who employ and represent tens of millions of American workers across multiple industries, we know firsthand the enormous challenges the country faces in building back from the ongoing public health and economic crises brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the Biden administration and Congress continue to work on urgently needed recovery efforts, one policy stands out as a commonsense, bipartisan reform that will create and preserve jobs while investing in our workforce and providing stability and certainty to millions of young Americans and their families: permanent legislative protections for “Dreamers,” young immigrants brought here illegally as children.
Dreamers are about 2 million young people who have lived the majority of their lives here in the United States, and they’re contributing to our communities and our economy every day. As we emerge from the pandemic’s devastation and disruption and build the next, better world, the humane and economically sensible thing to do is to welcome our Dreamers.
We are pleased that the House has now passed The American Dream and Promise Act, and we encourage the U.S. Senate to act quickly on this issue as well.
Living in limbo for far too long
For 20 years, Congress and multiple administrations have debated the fate of Dreamers. Lawmakers have brought forth legislation many times and yet, they’ve been unable to provide a permanent solution. Flip-flopping…