CFGI Quoted – “In Focus: What Does Unwinding DACA Mean for HR?”


“Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Sept. 5 that the federal government will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—which provided deportation relief and work permits to nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

“Though new applications for the program will no longer be accepted after Sept. 5, the program will have a six-month wind-down period. During this time, pending applications will still be processed and some current DACA beneficiaries will be eligible to renew their work permits.

“…The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) call for legislation to balance economic and security concerns.

“‘We have long said that the best way to address reforms to our nation's outdated immigration system is through legislation,’ said Lynn Shotwell, CFGI's executive director. ‘Today's announcement of the anticipated end to the DACA program offers fresh proof of the need for Congress to act—and it gives them time to do just that.’

“‘Denying work authorization to people who grew up and were educated in the United States would have a significant negative impact on employers who count on these talented employees,’ said Mike Aitken, SHRM's vice president of government affairs. ‘Our economy depends on these employees to grow their operations and create more U.S. jobs.’

“…HR professionals may be wondering what will happen to Dreamers' work permits now that the program is coming to an end. Here are the key points they should note:

  • “DACA beneficiaries will not be affected until after March 5, 2018—six months from the date of the announcement.

  • “No new DACA applications will be considered, but applications filed by Sept. 5 will still be processed.

  • “Current DACA recipients whose permits expire between now and March 5, 2018, have until Oct. 5 to apply for renewal.

“…The six-month wind-down period is intended to give Congress time to pursue immigration reform if it so chooses, according to Sessions.”

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