Attacking Immigrants, Trump Administration Attacks Small Business

Main Street Alliance is a national network of small business coalitions working to build a new voice for small businesses on important public policy issues. Alliance small business owners share a vision of public policies that work for business owners, our employees, and the communities we serve.

By The Main Street Alliance Org.

Small business stands against DHS’s new guidelines on immigration, which stifle economic growth and tear apart communities.

Washington, DC — The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new draconian guidelines for immigration enforcement harm small businesses and their employees, and destabilize communities.

Today’s two memos from DHS Secretary John Kelly outline alarming prospects for what lay ahead for communities across the country. The guidelines order more aggressive immigration raids, enlisting local police in diminished sanctuary areas. They also foster racial profiling practices by allowing immigration officers to target anyone they deem a risk to public safety or national security, those who commit acts that constitute any “chargeable criminal offense,” and people charged but not convicted of a crime.

The Trump administration’s continued attacks on immigrants have severe economic and social repercussions. As entrepreneurs and job creators, immigrants play an indispensible role in the economy and culture of the US. Main Street Alliance and our member businesses believe America is strongest when it is most inclusive. We are united in our opposition to the Trump administration’s fear-mongering and xenophobia.

Executive Orders on Protecting the Homeland

What DHS is Doing

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In January 2017, the president announced a series of Executive Orders that provide the Department with additional resources, tools and personnel to carry out the critical work of securing our borders, enforcing our immigration laws, and ensuring that individuals who pose a threat to national security or public safety cannot enter or remain in our country. Protecting the American people is the highest priority of our government and this Department.