California Business Owners Push Congress for 2018 Immigration Fix

California Business Owners Push Congress for 2018 Immigration Fix

While California business leaders and other groups continue to push for a fix for participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, hope for a resolution for the estimated 800,000 “Dreamers” before year’s end is becoming less likely as each day passes. The temporary legal status for this group of young immigrants, about one-quarter of whom live in the state of California, is set to expire March 5, 2018, which puts their worker authorizations in jeopardy and leaves them vulnerable to deportation. For California, in particular, the prospective economic fall-out of losing 188,000 DACA workers is significant. The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce has expressed the concerns of many business leaders and organizations about losing a vital part of the workforce. As part of the business community’s push to save DACA participants from deportation, busloads of protesters are descending upon Washington to stage rallies in front of the White House and sit-ins on Capitol Hill. The group also will set up a room inside the Capital to conduct satellite interviews with local and national press organizations, and launch a series of national digital ads to draw attention to their efforts. Although initial support for a legislative fix for DACA after Trump’s decisions to shutter the program was strong, support has ebbed in recent months. This is especially concerning, given the fact that any pathway to citizenship that the legislature creates will take months to implement, as a practical matter, thus leaving DACA participants susceptible to deportation. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has made clear that its immigration priorities focus on securing the country’s borders first, rather than offering a solution for DACA recipients. Republican leaders appear content to leave the issue for 2018, instead choosing to focus on tax reform and disaster relief; on the other hand, Democratic leaders warn that they intend to withhold support from essential year-end spending bills unless DACA is addressed. If you are facing deportation, don’t lose hope. The deportation defense attorneys of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. know how to help you through every step of your deportation proceedings. Take the first step today toward securing the future of your family in the United States, and call our office at (510) 756-4468 to set up a legal consultation with one of our highly skilled immigration lawyers.
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