RILA support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is unwavering. We continue to advocate for a permanent solution for the individuals who qualify to live and work in the United States under its umbrella. During the COVID-19 crisis, Dreamers helped to keep stores open, stocked and safe. These workers are part of the retail family and advocating to ensure they can remain in the US legally is a top policy priority for RILA and its membership.
Retailers rely on the H-1B visa program to apply for highly skilled and educated foreign workers to help meet labor demands that cannot currently be satisfied fully by domestic talent pools. Foreign-born labor sources can assist retailers’ growing online and tech capabilities in the highly competitive global economy. As the retail industry continues to expand its digital capabilities, the successful and transparent administration of the H-1B visa program is essential for retailers to compete for top-tier tech talent against other countries from across the world.
The retail industry employs thousands of DACA program recipients. Dreamers’ contributions were particularly evident during COVID-19, as Dreamers were among those who helped to keep stores open, stocked, and safe. These hardworking individuals are part of the social fabric of America and part of the retail family; they are our friends and neighbors. RILA implores Congress and the Administration to seek an immediate and long-term remedy to address the legal status of DACA participants.
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