December 03, 2021
HR Policy and several Association members and business groups cited the U.S. economy's increased need for qualified workers in joint comments supporting a proposed regulation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to formally establish the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
The regulation will address the procedural aspects of a federal court’s recent decision to vacate DACA, as the ultimate fate of the program rests on whether a higher court takes a different view of the substantive issues.
Our comments note the positive impact of Dreamers on the U.S. economy:
“More than 75% of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies employ Dreamers—including Walmart, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, and JPMorgan Chase, among others… CEOs of nearly 100 of America’s leading companies have attested to the importance of DACA beneficiaries in their companies.” HR Policy and several other business groups also signed the letter sent this July.
Looking ahead: As previously noted, the DACA program hangs by a thread, with the Biden administration attempting to address in the Fifth Circuit a lower federal court ruling that the program itself substantively violates U.S. law. HR Policy continues to contend that legislation remains the only surefire way to protect Dreamers, who represent a valuable portion of the U.S. workforce.