Florida Chamber of Commerce urges congressional delegation to find DACA solution

The Florida Chamber of Commerce called on federal legislators earlier this month to find a solution to the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, citing the economic damage of lost workers and business should recipients of the program lose their ability to work and study in the country.

Spurred by President Donald Trump’s announcement in September that he planned to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, members of the chamber wrote a letter to the Florida congressional delegation urging them to “quickly find a legislative solution before the program expires.”

“Without a legislative solution, 800,000 DACA recipients will lose their ability to work and legally study, and it will leave many Florida employers, workers and students without certainty,” the chamber’s CEO Mark Wilson wrote in the letter dated Oct. 18. “The Florida Chamber supports an earned pathway to citizenship for immigrants that pass criminal background checks as well as supports policies that reduce illegal immigration and improve on border security.”

Florida voters overwhelmingly support allowing DACA recipients to remain in the country, the letter added. About 800,000 people qualify for work permits and temporary protection from deportation under the Obama-era DACA program.

When Trump announced he intended to rescind the program last month, the Department of Homeland Security stopped processing new applications. But those who have already been approved under the program will be allowed to renew their permits till March, giving Congress about half a year to find a legislative workaround.