If DACA immigration program ends, Texas will lose

In the weeks following the results of the 2016 election, the immigrant community has felt the uncertainty of the future like never before. President-elect Trump has made it clear that he intends to make curbing unauthorized immigration a top priority of his administration, including his promise to repeal President Obama’s executive actions such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Yet in his blanket protectionist approach to immigration, President Trump ignores that pushing the young DREAMers who benefit from DACA out of the workforce and exposing them to the threat of deportation would have a serious social and economic toll on Texas and the rest of the country.

If Donald Trump does indeed remove Texas’ 120,000 DACA recipients from the workforce, the Texas economy would lose $6.1 billion annually, according to the Center for American Progress, and the overnight loss of services provided by 100,000 workers would create serious problems here. Additionally, repeal would drastically decrease consumer purchasing power. The Center for American Progress also calculates that almost 55 percent of DREAMers own vehicles, and more than 10 percent have purchased homes. If they are removed from the workforce, they may no longer be able to pay taxes, use their bank accounts, or pay back loans for mortgages, cars and higher education. This makes for a troubling economic forecast, but the social consequences of failing to protect DREAMers are perhaps even more alarming.

For example, one of my constituents, Erik Borges, is a 27-year-old DACA recipient and is set to lose his way of life if the work authorization program is discontinued. Borges’ mother brought him to the United States at the age of two in search of better opportunities, and she decided to stay to provide his U.S. citizen sister with Down syndrome with the medical care she requires to live a full life.

By Marc Veasey for DALLAS NEWS
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