A DACA Solution Would be Good for Texas – And the Country

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Lexey Swall / Texas Tribune

Hundreds gathered in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to show their support for President Obama’s immigration executive action as the Court hears oral arguments on the action in Washington, D.C., on April 18, 2016.

Recent debate in Washington over the federal budget led to an unfortunate and irresponsible shutdown of the federal government due to Congress’ inaction.

The lack of compromise and the eventual outcome of turning off the government’s lights was pinned on the inability of Congress to compromise on the status of roughly 800,000 young people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Congress struck an agreement to address this issue in February and we at the Texas Association of Business urge them to do so.

Texas is second only to California in its number of residents registered with the DACA program. There are approximately 234,000 DACA recipients currently in the state. While border security and enforcing our current immigration laws are imperative, we need a better recognition of who DACA recipients are.

They are individuals we have put through our public and higher education systems, investing our tax dollars (and theirs) along the way. They are individuals who are working in Fortune 500 companies and other businesses. They are contributing members of our society.

Why would we contemplate sending these individuals to foreign countries and allowing those countries to reap the rewards of our investment? Many of these young people have never known homes outside the United States and the prospect of deporting them to countries with which they are entirely unfamiliar is not only inhumane but also economically damaging.

Americans and Texans are tired of partisan gridlock and there should not be anything political about protecting individuals who are making positive contributions to the nation’s economy and communities throughout Texas. For that reason, we support the efforts of U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, Sen. John Cornyn, and others who are seeking to forge a bipartisan, permanent solution to this issue.

We call on businesses in Texas, whose customers and employees may well be DACA recipients, to join us in urging Congress to solve this important issue before the Feb. 8 deadline. Treat DACA recipients with the dignity that all people deserve and give Dreamers the opportunity to realize the American dream.


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3 thoughts on “A DACA Solution Would be Good for Texas – And the Country

  1. //Why would we contemplate sending these individuals to foreign countries and allowing those countries to reap the rewards of our investment?// I think this is a form of good-will foreign aid. By educating these individuals and sending them back to their home country, they will be able to better serve countries that don’t have significant development. Besides, if USA keeps legalizing such individuals, there will be more such people pursuing illegal immigration – moral hazard. It is ludicrous that Democrats are bringing in illegal immigrants to the “State of the Union” address.

    • I’m sorry but what exactly do you mean “reap the rewards of our investment?” Most of the aid that is done are fairly basic, plus it actually does open up business opportunities and trade deals for the US. Just look at Japan after we reconstructed their infrastructure after WWII. While the idea of educating DACA recipients and then deporting them would be like not only inhuman but it would also damaging both with the demographic and to the country we are deporting them to (in this case Mexico because we don’t deport people back into their country of origin). There is a rule of law that has been denounced in today’s social society called ‘Sin’s of the Fathers;’ which states that for whatever the charges are not acted on the head of the family, the punishment is then inherited by the successor. By the time it was written it mean’s if your older family member committed a crime (for example theft) and has pass away, then the punishment is on you (in this case you’ll have your hand cut off). The issue here when it comes to students being deported they are being punished for the actions of the parent. Especially when they came into the country as a child. What are you going to do? runaway from your parents? Kids can’t understand Geo-political issues, why should they receive punishment for the actions of their parents?

      Of course there are social issues to take into this. First off, how are the kids going to survive get to school? Or feed themselves? You could put them in an orphanage, but that’s going to take up time and money and it’s not expected that federal or local government is going to allocate that. And if you don’t, you’ll run the risk of braking not just civil rights laws, but also humanitarian laws. You could deport the whole family, which is what the current administration is doing right now, but now you have the issue of not just angering neighboring countries but also the whole world which effects trade and foreign policy. You also can cause civil unrest, as well as a total distrust of law enforcement, which is needed if your going after gang members and trafficker. Immigrants, including illegal immigrants less likely to commit serious crimes and more likely to be informants for law enforcement.

      But the biggest thing that will be the straw to brake the camel’s back in the US economy is the fact that immigrants do the type of labor that no one else wants to do. I don’t recall anyone in my class or work or even at the coffee shop I go to who can say proudly “I want to work on a farm.” Because no one wants to deal with that type of labor. Or a janitor. The US is in a employment crisis where the workforce for labor jobs are plummeting. Not because factories and coal mines are shutting down, because there are other labor intensive jobs like agriculture and construction with so much demand but not enough workers. That’s why we don’t have a merit based immigration system, because having one dosen’t make any economic sense. You’ll just be asking for another depression.

      • Why should the kids be rewarded for the illegal action taken by their parents ? If your concern is lack of labor force in specific industries, they can be supplemented with relevant visa. Providing amnesty doesn’t solve the labor shortage in specific industries. A merit based system doesn’t mean the highest and most educated get through but rather an immigration system that allows individuals who bring in the right talent that is required by the economy.

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