Texas Business Leaders Call for DACA and TPS Legislation
Authored by Texans for Economic Growth
June 15, 2022
Texas Congressional Delegation
United States Capitol
Dear Senators and Congressmen:
Every year since our coalition was established in 2019, we have submitted open letters, participated in private meetings, held press conferences, webinars, and written countless OpEds in newspapers across the state, all in support of the 204,453 DACA-eligible Texans and 66,261 TPS holders who call Texas home.
In 2019, Texans for Economic Growth (TEG) launched with 50 Texas business leaders and associations dedicated to recognizing and supporting the positive impact immigrants have on the Texas economy as business owners, taxpayers, and consumers. Three years later, that number has more than doubled, with TEG now representing more than 125 Texas business leaders, including the Metro 8 chambers and statewide organizations like the Texas Association of Business and the Texas Business Leadership Council, urging for action on immigration.
On this 10th anniversary of DACA, we again implore Congress to act so these hardworking Texas Dreamers and TPS holders, who hold a combined spending power of $4.6 billion and contribute $1.38 billion in taxes, know their future here in Texas is secure.
While TEG advocates for many commonsense immigration policies that reflect the economic needs of our state, passing legislation that creates a pathway to legal status or citizenship for Dreamers and TPS holders is important to our coalition. This will demonstrate to the business community that our policy leaders are ready to set politics aside and get to work on creating an immigration system that mirrors our values of being a welcoming state full of hardworking men and women.