COLUMN: It’s Time To Stop Jeopardizing The Immigrant Community To Support Georgia Priorities & Economy

This year has certainly opened the door to new challenges. Here in Georgia and in states across the nation, community and business leaders as well as elected officials on all levels are focused on getting through the public health and economic crises at hand.

While we all are grappling with the uncertainty that is brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, millions in the immigrant community are facing unprecedented hostility and additional barriers to critical resources needed to get through this crisis.

Just recently, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program, giving President Trump the authority to deport nearly 400,000 TPS holders, many of whom live in Georgia, ripping them apart from their families and taking with them their economic contributions that we desperately need.

Through it all, the Trump Administration has been relentlessly working to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. And while his initial three-year attempt was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court this June, temporarily allowing states to continue benefiting from DACA recipients’ contributions and continuing the work and study authorizations the program provides, the president has continued efforts to terminate the program, even though the majority of Trump voters are in favor of protecting Dreamers.

Georgia is home to 21,000 DACA recipients, about 5,600 of whom are part of the essential workforce combatting the coronavirus. Further, ninety-six percent of DACA recipients across the nation are either employed or enrolled in school, and they contribute billions of dollars in local, state and federal taxes each year. Here in Georgia, DACA recipients contribute an estimated $78 million in annual state and local taxes, and an estimated $105.8 million in annual federal taxes.

The President announced he is renewing attempts to terminate the program and taking steps to wind down the program through 2021 with immediate plans to reject applications and limit renewals to one year.

By Charles Kuck for AllOnGeorgia
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