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Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus and MDHCC Issue Call For Action To Protect DACA Program

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For Immediate Release
Friday, September 8, 2017
PRESS RELEASE                       

Contact: Michelle Garcia
O: 301.858.3374 / 410.841.3374

E: Latino.Caucus@House.State.MD.US



Annapolis, MD - The Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus (MLLC) and Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC) join together to reject the end of DACA as a mean-spirited act and, without hesitation, stand with the 800,000 young lives who will be irreparably harmed if this President is permitted to continue on this course. We add our voices to the many who loudly condemn President Trump’s abrupt end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. Ending DACA is the act of a bully - this action cannot be defended.

“We are deeply disappointed in this administration’s short-sighted decision to end DACA and remain committed to helping Maryland’s Dreamers in any way possible,” says MLLC Chair Carlo Sanchez.

"Now, more than ever, we, as American business and community leaders, must unite in one voice.” said Jorge Eduardo Castillo, President and Chairman of the MDHCC. “Not only a heartless decision, but an economically misguided and morally disgraceful one - MDHCC values humanity.”

The President is but one man. Our Nation, built on the backs of immigrants, has protections within our system of laws. The checks and balances to the Executive Branch are in Congress. Marylanders are represented by 10 elected leaders who make up our federal delegation and a Governor who speaks for our state. The time is now to reach out to your Congressmen, U.S. Senators, and Governor Hogan to tell them you want to not only keep DACA in place, but that Congress must pass legislation providing permanent status to Dreamers. Our Governor must speak out for the Marylanders who will be targeted for immediate deportation should President Trump continue on this path. Evil has many forms. Permitting any group to be targeted must be powerfully rejected, without hesitation.

DACA currently permits program participants to work and live legally in the United States. Termination will put these young people at immediate risk of deportation. DACA participants were children, brought by their parents into this country which has become their home and are the embodiment of the American Dream. Deporting them on a seemingly random whim and ripping them away from their home is morally vile. Republicans and Democrats alike have long recognized the importance of allowing young people to pursue their dreams. In addition to the clear moral obligation, the economics are clear. Ending DACA will have a quantifiably negative impact on Maryland, where the Migration Policy Institute estimates that 34,000 people are DACA-eligible. Imagine the impact of 34,000 people successfully entering our economy - becoming scientists in our advanced laboratories, teaching the next generation of students- the opportunities are limitless with these young, motivated, Marylanders. Now imagine their abrupt departure from the lives they have built. Estimates of skyrocketing unemployment costs, reductions in tax contributions, and business costs remain. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center studied DACA’s impact to the US economy and found that DACA led to a 42% average wage increase for program recipients.

The MLLC Executive Committee is comprised of Carlo Sanchez, Chair; Maricé I. Morales, Vice-Chair; Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk, Treasurer; David Fraser-Hidalgo, Secretary; and Ana Sol-Gutiérrez and Senator Victor Ramirez as Legislative Committee Co-Chairs. The MLLC includes legislatures from Baltimore City and the counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Frederick, Montgomery, and Prince George’s.

The MDHCC works towards bringing the issues and concerns of the state’s thousands of Hispanic-owned businesses to the forefront of the state’s economic agenda. Through its association with a network of local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Hispanic business organizations, the MDHCC effectively communicates the needs and potential of Hispanic and non-Hispanic enterprises to the public and private sector. For more information visit



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