The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) and other business leaders are currently working against President Trump’s difficult immigration policies, and are asking for Congress’s assistance. The IBIC consistent with hundreds of local community, corporate, and political leaders who are trying to put more lenient immigration laws into effect. However, the attempt to reform immigration laws will likely take some time.
Pushing for Change in 2018
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program delay has kept approximately 800,000 immigrants and their families in a state of uncertainty, hindering businesses who plan on hiring them and damaging the U.S. economy.
In September, the Trump administration decided to terminate the DACA by March 5, which will compromise many young immigrants hoping to work and live in this country. Many employers—particularly those in the service, technical, and manufacturing industries—are hesitating to hire individuals with DACA permits because they may be forced to leave the U.S., which would make it more challenging for businesses to meet current demand and grow.
Uncertain Future for Dreamers and Employers
As groups such as the IBIC have fought to help dreamers become citizens and acquire jobs within the U.S. in a variety of industries, there’s still uncertainty about how the future will look for them. Without the ability to work in the country with any sense of security, both immigrants and employers alike are likely to continue to hesitate taking action in the job market.
While time continues to run out, lawmakers are still working toward making a final decision that will help determine whether many young immigrants and their families will be able to enjoy successful long-term employment in addition to citizenship in the near future. One possibility that appears to be likely is to move decisions for a long-term plan into the future. By combining a temporary DACA extension with border security funding for now, however, immigrants, businesses, and the United States economy will continue to suffer through the obstacles of an indefinite future for months, and probably years to come.