March 06, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Today, ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, commended the House Judiciary Committee on its hearing, “Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients,” and renewed its call for Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution to the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.

“America’s ability to compete globally relies on a strong and skilled workforce, and Congress should be taking every opportunity it can to ensure American businesses can recruit and retain the most qualified professionals,” said Jason Oxman, President and CEO of ITI. “Dreamers bring enormous value not only to tech companies but to the entire innovation economy. These young men and women are our friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and are overdue for a permanent legislative solution to ensure they can continue to contribute to our communities and the U.S. economy. We commend the House Judiciary Committee for prioritizing this critical issue and urge both Chambers to pass a bill that cements the legal status for these Americans.”

Among Dreamers’ contributions to the U.S. economy: more than 97 percent of DACA recipients are in school or in the workforce, at least 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies count DACA recipients among their employees, 5 percent started their own business, 65 percent have purchased a vehicle, and 16 percent have purchased their first home.