September 22, 2017
Immigration Laws Affecting Current Employment:
As DACA laws are winding down for the "Dreamer" act that was instituted by Barrack Obama employers around the country will be feeling the effects of not having the option of hiring "Dreamers" that have come to the US. However, Congress is being 6 months to act to reverse the ending of the DACA program. Congress is being given this chance as Trump believes they should be responsible for our immigration policies within the US. That is the branch of government that should be writing these laws so they are being given a chance to preserve DACA or change it if they wish.
The Department of Homeland Security is acting to stop all new immigrants from coming into the country through DACA, but gives the existing immigrants already here on the program, almost 800,000 young people, until March 5th, 2018 to file the necessary paperwork to continue to remain here legally and allow them to stay without fear or risk of any deportation. It, however, remains unclear if Congress has the willpower or time to handle DACA as they are already bogged down with Trump's healthcare and tax reform demands as well as the transgender military ban that many feels qualify as "unconstitutional" as well.
DACA The Pushback Against Trump's Rescindment of the Program:
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and many other organizations that were founded fight against discrimination and ensure everyone's equal rights plan to defend the DACA members' rights to remain in the US and work productive jobs so they remain a valuable part of our society. Some organizations have even vowed to go to Capitol Hill to defend these dreams through their speeches and demands for more just laws.
Employers will undoubtedly feel the consequences of the DACA act being cut and if the immigrants already here do not update their paperwork and their legal status they may find themselves without workers that have worked at this companies for years already. Many employers have hired DACA workers into their companies, as when the DACA law was passed despite these people not being here "legally" they were allowed to come seek refugee status to build themselves a better life.
What Can a Bussiness Do?
Many businesses across the US who would lose employees are beginning to take a stand against DACA and its ability to allow them to keep their employees on the job. Companies have been doing everything from joining protests to helping employees make sure their paperwork and is up to date to be able to keep their employed status in the US. Companies are also further taking measures to help these DACA "Dreamers" against risking putting themselves in the way of being deported.
Moreover, it would be a very difficult feat for the US to place 800,000 more working Americans on the job to replace all of the DACA "Dreamers" that could possibly get deported if the program is not fixed and some placeholder is not put into place to allow people who are already here legally to continue to stay here.
What Happens If US Can't Replace DACA Workers?
Considering the US would have a significant problem trying to replace 800,000 plus DACA workest that are currently filling job roles in this country many companies would suffer a setback in productivity if their DACA workers couldn't remain on the job. Moreover, the US economy would suffer overall if these DACA workers did not stay on the job. DACA workers are expected to contribute about $2.7 trillion the US GPD in the next decade. They also contribute billions to the country in taxes to find programs from Social Security to Medicaid as well as food stamps, Section 8 Housing, and many other programs that help the American people.
Companies will feel the repercussions if DACA workers are deported and so will the companies employing these "Dreamers.