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EPHCC Statement on DACA Decision

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Statement on Repeal of DACA Program
 
September 5, 2017- The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and our 1,200 members are deeply disheartened and disappointed in the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Five years ago the opening of the DACA program application marked the beginning of a brighter future for Dreamers, our businesses, and our country as a whole. No longer did our community’s Dreamers have to fear deportation; a whole world of possibilities previously denied to them was suddenly open. It also opened up a segment of the workforce for businesses struggling to fill talent gaps. Businesses could now recruit and hire Dreamers without fear or hesitation.
Sadly, the bright future offered by DACA has been extinguished by today’s announcement. Today, we have failed the 800,000 individuals who have lived side by side with us for most of their lives, who have struggled alongside us in their pursuit of the American Dream. We have failed those individuals who willingly gave up their personal information on the promise that they would be protected.
Each one of our staff members knows at least one person who will be affected by this decision, who will have their lives turned upside down because of this decision. These individuals are our coworkers, our students, our friends, our neighbors, and our family members. They are not criminals; they are not thieves; they are not murders; they are the same people we saw just last week risking their own lives to save others in the devastating floods in Houston.
At a time when we need to be coming together as a nation, we should not be ripping families apart.
 
The ending of the program will not only devastate families across the state and country, it will also hurt our economy. According to a poll conducted by the Center for American Progress, deferred action programs like DACA will grow the US economy by $230 billion, increase the GDP for the state of Texas by $38.27 billion, and create an average of 4,800 jobs in Texas alone. DACA recipients report being able to pursue education opportunities they previously could not and receiving better wages than they previously had, enhancing and improving their lives and our communities.
Too often, immigrants are seen as a burden to our country, not the asset they truly are. Our country, our state, and our community could not grow, could not compete without these individuals. If we truly want to be competitive on a global scale, if we truly want to ensure the growth and success of our economy, we must pass comprehensive immigration reform that treats immigrants seeking to come to our country, and those Dreamers who already call our country home, as the assets they are, not as perceived burdens or threats.
 
We urge Congress to act quickly in passing legislation, such as the BRIDGE Act, that will protect DACA recipients and other Dreamers before time runs out. Protecting these individuals, thereby protecting our economic growth and stability, should be a priority for Congress before they turn to passing more comprehensive immigration reform.
 
It is time that we focus on immigration reform that exemplifies and upholds our values as a nation that was built by immigrants. Ending the DACA program stands in direct opposition to those ideals.
To all of the DACA recipients from our community and beyond, we stand with you.
 
Now, more than ever, is a time for action. It is time for us to lift our lamp beside our golden door and embrace the ideas, talents, and hopes of those seeking a better life and greater opportunities. As an organization representing 1,200 members and our small, minority, women, and veteran owned businesses, we support and will continue to support immigration reform and legislation that embraces diversity and enhances our businesses and our communities.
 
The mission of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is to continue to be the leading advocate in promoting the success of small, minority, women, and veteran owned businesses in the greater El Paso region, by providing resources, information and education while promoting the awareness and preservation of the Hispanic Culture.
 
If you are a DACA recipient, please call the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for a list of immigration attorneys that can assist you with any concerns or questions you may have.

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2017 TAMACC Awards!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce Recognizes the Efforts of Local Businesses and Individuals at the Annual State Convention In Irving, Texas!

(El Paso, TX)- July 19th, 2017

The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) is hosting the 42nd Annual Hispanic Business Convention of Texas August 3 – 5, 2017 in Irving, Texas. At this year’s convention TAMACC will be recognizing and awarding five recipients from El Paso! Each Year, TAMACC members nominate individuals and companies from all across the state to receive these prestigious awards. Award recipients are selected by a committee who reviews nomination packets from all across the state. The TAMACC Hispanic Business Convention of Texas is one of the biggest statewide attended business gatherings. Every year, TAMACC awards and recognizes individuals and organizations who continue to exceed the expectations of the organization at the annual convention.  

“It is very exciting to learn that the hard work and dedication of 5 El Paso businesses & individuals is being recognized at the state level by such an important organization.” States Cindy Ramos-Davidson, CEO of The El Paso Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce. “El Paso has seen the hard work of all of the honorees and now the state of Texas gets the opportunity to learn what El Paso business is all about.”

Von Washington, Chairman of the Board for the El Paso Hispanic Chamber stated, “It is impressive that El Paso Has taken so many awards this year for TAMACC. This just goes to show that all of the efforts of our local El Pasoeans are paying off!”

“One of the most rewarding, important, and established traditions of the TAMACC Annual Convention, is to select, recognize, and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of small businesses, Hispanic Chambers, and Government and Corporate Advocates,” said Samuel Guzman, TAMACC Chairman. “This year's recipients are again among the best of the best and we ask that you please join us in congratulating them.”

The Award Recipients from El Paso include: El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2017 Large Hispanic Chamber of The Year; Vincent Castro, 2017 Businessman of the Year – West Castro El Paso; Yolanda Diaz, 2017 Businesswoman of the Year - Mirador Enterprises, Inc.; Honorable Joe Moody, 2017 Government Hispanic Business Advocate of the Year - Texas House of Representatives; & Tenet Healthcare – The Hospitals of Providence, 2017 Corporate Business Advocate of the Year.

Congratulations to all of the 2017 TAMACC Award Recipients!

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2017 Education Foundation Scholarship Banquet

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Together we can make a difference, one student at a time.”
EL PASO HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS BANQUET

WHO:         The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Educational Development Foundation & Board of Directors

WHAT:        With the participation of the President & CEO of First Light Federal Credit Union, Karl Murphy as Keynote Speaker, our Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet will recognize our 2017 Scholarship Recipients. This year we are awarding 21 students, more students than ever before. Each student will receive a $1,500 scholarship from our generous sponsors at a reception sponsored by First Light Federal Credit Union.

WHEN:                        Tuesday, June 22, 2017  11:30am – 1:00pm

WHERE:       Hilton Garden Inn / University:

111 W University Ave, El Paso, TX 79902

BACKGROUND:

The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce administers the EPHCC Educational Development Foundation, whose purpose is to make college admission possible for talented, motivated and economically disadvantaged youth in El Paso County, Texas. The EPHCC Educational Development Foundation is a non-profit organization that connects students with scholarships through the acquisition of grants, sponsorships, and donations.

The EPHCC Foundation Board Members, sponsors, staff, and volunteers, are committed to working toward the goal of increasing the rate of El Paso students earning a college degree. Since its formation, the EPHCC Educational Development Foundation Scholarship Fund has given over 300 scholarships to local high school students amounting to more than $300,000. The EPHCC Educational Development Foundation has helped students in achieving their academic dreams of obtaining a higher education by pursuing degrees in Health Care such as Nursing, Pharmacy, Speech Language Pathology, and Pre-Medicine; to Business, Engineering, Computer Science and International Relations to just mention a few.

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$2.1 Million to Continue Growing the Region!

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For Immediate Release

The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Minority Business Development Agency Invest $2.1 million to Continue Grow Minority-Owned Businesses in the Region! 

April 21, 2016:  The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced today that they have been awarded an MBDA Business Center grant by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, to continue providing vital business technical assistance to expanding minority business enterprises in the El Paso region, for the next five years.

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HC to DC

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2016 HC to DC
The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Climbing the Hill in Washington DC!

El Paso, TX (April, 18, 2016) – Your El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be in Washington DC this week along with a delegation of business members.  The trip is part of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s annual “HC to DC” marketing trip which coincides with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Annual Legislative Summit. 

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Política Nueva: The Leaders of Tomorrow

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

El Paso Hispanic Chamber Focuses on Mentoring
Communities Future Leaders with New Program

The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for its inaugural Politica Nueva Candidate Program. The program, over a year in the making, seeks to help mentor the future leaders of tomorrow by providing them with an initial education into the many facets of launching a political venture.

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