Greenville Chamber President and CEO Carlos Phillips recently released a statement regarding President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“The Greenville Chamber is disappointed in the Administration's decision to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program," the statement read. “DACA residents enrolled in the program in good faith, came out of the economic shadows, and became a crucial part of our region's – and our nation's – economy. Reversing this policy now runs contrary to our American values.”
The removal of DACA could mean that as early as March 2018, up to 800,000 young adults brought to the U.S. as children will face deportation.
“There are approximately 7,000 DACA recipients working, paying taxes and contributing to businesses in South Carolina,” the statement continued. “Ending their eligibility to work legally runs completely against the President's stated goal to expand our nation’s economy.”
The announcement to remove the five-year policy that allowed the children to stay in the United States without fear of removal sparked controversy across the U.S. It allowed them to work in the U.S. legally, which means thousands who support the economy will be without jobs.
“Thousands of DACA residents are filling critical holes in our region’s workforce,” Phillips' statement read. “Our businesses already run with thousands of unfilled positions each day. This decision will be a drag on productivity, business growth and our Upstate economy.”
“We call on the South Carolina Congressional Delegation to follow Sen. (Lindsey) Graham's lead and work quickly to find a solution before DACA expires next year,” the statement said.