CFGI & SHRM: DACA Decision Reinforces Need for Congressional Action

September 5, 2017                                                             

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CFGI & SHRM: DACA Decision Reinforces Need for Congressional Action

Call for Legislation to Balance Economic and Security Concerns

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Lynn Shotwell, Executive Director of the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI), and Mike Aitken, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after a six-month delay.

“We have long said that the best way to address reforms to our nation’s outdated immigration system is through legislation,” Shotwell said. “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.”

“The men and women who live in the United States under DACA contribute in many ways to the U.S. economy and our nation as a whole,” Shotwell added. “They want to remain in America to continue to make it a better place for all of us – and Congress should step in to develop a legislative solution to make that happen.”
“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 Aitken. “Our economy depends on these employees to grow their operations and create more U.S. jobs.”

“SHRM and CFGI call on Congress to find a solution to this challenge that is good for our economy and improves the security of our immigration system,” Aitken continued. “By tackling this issue effectively, Congress can build momentum that leads to solutions to other immigration challenges facing our nation.”


The Council for Global Immigration (formerly known as the American Council on International Personnel), a strategic affiliate of SHRM, is a nonprofit trade association comprised of leading multinational corporations, universities and research institutions committed to advancing the employment-based immigration of high-skilled professionals. CFGI bridges the public and private sectors to promote sensible, forward-thinking policies that foster innovation and job growth. Learn more about us at

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress.

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