HR Policy Urges Federal Court to Continue DACA: "Employment is Not a Zero Sum Game"

March 23, 2018

As Congress missed another opportunity to resolve the DACA impasse, HR Policy joined with a number of member companies in encouraging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to affirm a preliminary injunction on the rescission of the DACA program, reasoning that the Department of Homeland Security's move was not supported by legal justification and is therefore unlawful under the Administrative Procedure Act.  The brief also lays out empirical economic reasons for maintaining DACA in concert with those given in HR Policy's recent white paper on immigration.  The brief states, "Employment of Dreamers expands work opportunities for everyone, because employment is not a zero-sum game.  Dreamers are filling vacancies at companies that cannot find enough workers for vacant positions.  And Dreamers' wages lead to higher tax revenues and expansion of our national GDP—producing new jobs for all Americans."  Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the January 9 preliminary injunction on the DACA rescission issued by U.S. District Judge William Alsup, leaving the decision to the 9th Circuit.  Also pending is a similar case in the 2nd Circuit that likewise places a preliminary injunction on the DACA rescission.