October 6, 2017
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BORDERPLEX CEO'S STATEMENT ON DREAMERS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ECONOMY
Jon Barela highlights the economic and workforce benefits of DACA
EL PASO, Texas - As the work permits of hard-working Americans begin to expire under the recent decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the economic ramifications for the Borderplex region and the nation will be devastating. DACA provides undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children temporary relief from deportation as long as they are going to school, contributing to the economy, or serving our nation in the military. Many of these young people, known as Dreamers, attended our nation's schools and contribute to our economy. In response, Jon Barela, CEO of The Borderplex Alliance, issued the following statement:
"The overwhelming majority of Dreamers are hard-working, eager to achieve and bring unique talents and ambitions to our state and nation. Ninety-one percent of them are employed nationally and 36 percent of them hold a bachelor's degree or higher - a rate six points higher than the national average. As businesses in the Borderplex region and across the country scramble for qualified, trained, bilingual and bicultural workers, it is important that Congress works toward a bipartisan solution to allow Dreamers to stay and contribute to our nation. Our country needs their energy, drive, and tenacity as it strengthens our economy and values. Now that their work permits will start expiring, we need to act quickly to ensure they remain in our workforce and country."
The Borderplex Alliance has been working with regional economic development partners to recruit businesses and investment to the region, and ensure we have the best workforce to meet the needs or our employers. For more information on the Borderplex Alliance, please visit www.borderplexalliance.org.