BREAKING: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are in full panic mode after what was just announced about their program.
The Hill reported that congressional inaction on DACA has had a negative impact on recipients even though a court order still provides them with work and deportation protections for now. DACA recipients say that all the debate around the program has confused employers enough where they don’t want to hire them.
“That has been unfortunately a trademark of the DACA program since its inception,” said Greisa Martínez Rosas, deputy executive director of United We Dream (UWD), an influential immigrant youth network. “You’ve seen companies and employers have a lot of questions. What does this mean? Does it negatively impact their corporation?”
Karla Monterroso, CEO of Code2040, an organization that connects black and Hispanic applicants to tech jobs, agreed that many businesses are reluctant to hire DACA recipients.
“I’ve heard a variety of things,” she said. “Everything from ‘ICE has threatened to do away with them if they hire DACA students’ to ‘If a student doesn’t have papers, they are up for penalties should they hire them, and they are unsure of how long a student will have status.’”
President Donald Trump cancelled DACA back in September and gave Congress until March 5 to replace it with legislation that would protect Dreamers. However, a court blocked Trump’s order, allowing DACA recipients to keep applying to the Department of Homeland Security for renewals. Congress has since effectively dropped the Dreamers, with even DACA recipients’ believed Democrat lawmakers doing virtually nothing to help them.
“It’s kind of been put on the back burner, the sense of urgency among some of the legislators has gone away,” said Rep. Nannette Barragán (D-Calif.).
Last weekend. President Trump called out Democrats for abandoning the Dreamers
“Much can be done with the $1.6 Billion given to building and fixing the border wall. It is just a down payment. Work will start immediately. The rest of the money will come – and remember DACA, the Democrats abandoned you (but we will not)!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
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