Although President Trump has argued that this is a chance for Congress to enact legislation (such as the Dream Act 2017) rather than following an executive order, the truth is that this throws the lives of 800,000 individuals into chaos and uncertainty.
HIAS Pennsylvania has assisted hundreds of individuals with DACA applications and is profoundly disappointed
with the decision to ignore both the economic gains that have been made as a direct result of DACA and the successes of DACA recipients
themselves and push them back into the shadows. We also continue to be extremely concerned about the administration’s continued repetition of falsehoods as justification for their policies – contrary to what Mr. Sessions stated publicly on Tuesday, DACA recipients do not steal jobs from American citizens. Eliminating work authorization will not only NOT result in more jobs for Americans but in fact will result in fewer as it will hurt the industries that have hired these individuals and rely on them for productivity and economic gains that result in more jobs.