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Houston Mayor News Conference on DACA

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Monday held a news conference to call on Congress to approve legislation to assist those in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Dr. Laura G. Murillo opened the news conference.

“As you know, we are at a point where our Congressional delegation, our Congressmen and women need to arrive at an important conclusion regarding DACA,” Murillo said.

Murillo stated that the matter of DACA “is not a Hispanic issue.” Listen (11:08)

She said that the chamber would continue to fight until DACA recipients received a “pathway to citizenship” and stated that there were more 80,000 DACA recpients in the Harris county region.

“These individuals are taxpaying individuals,” Murillo said. “We also know that the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is here to say to you, that whether or not you support immigration we're asking you to consider the economic impact of these DACA recipients.”

Murillo stressed that DACA recipients bring $2 billion in economic activity to the area.

“This is about people, this is about an economic impact that we cannot afford to lose, and it is not about Republicans and Democrats, it is about people coming together to do the right thing,” Murillo said in closing her comments.

Turner stated that the issue was important to the entire city.

“When you look around and you see who is standing, this is Houston standing for Houstonians,” Turner said, pointing out members standing with the mayor during the news conference.

He echoed the importance of DACA recipients to the city.

“It is very important that we maintain and support all the assets that we have,” Turner said. “And the assets that we have are in our people.”

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