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These Republicans Hate DACA. But Here’s How Much Their Hometowns Would Lose Without It

This week, the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and the Center for American Progress released new data on how much the dismantling of DACA would cost America, Congressional district by Congressional district. Previous reports have shown that doing away with DACA wouldn’t make any sense, as 800,000 young people would be left … Continue reading »

Two New Columns: Help Rebuild Houston By Protecting Dreamers and Immigrants

Two new op-eds highlight the essential role that Dreamers and other immigrants will play in rebuilding Houston after Hurricane Harvey, and call on Congress and the Trump Administration to protect Dreamers. As Florida prepares for Hurricane Irma’s landfall, there’s an important lesson to be taken from Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey: immigrants are a part of … Continue reading »

ICYMI: SB4 Will Cost Texas Economy Between $9.2 and $13.8 Billion

Yesterday, Texas Together campaign launched in response to discriminatory law Austin, TX  – Texas’ racially discriminatory SB4 law will cost the state billions of dollars in revenue according to an analysis released yesterday by Texas Together, a campaign created by community and business leaders in opposition to the law. From the Texas Together campaign: The coalition urged … Continue reading »

20 Attorneys General, Alongside New Economic Data, Emphasize Need for Maintaining DACA

This week, we have outlined why President Trump needs to keep DACA in place until Congress can enact a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers, particularly as it faces mounting threats by lawmakers and the Trump Administration. Just last month, officials from 10 states, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, gave the Trump administration and Attorney … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Must Read WSJ Op-Ed on Consequences of Trump Immigration Enforcement on One Small Pennsylvania Town

In a powerful new op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Dickinson College professor Crispin Sartwell describes how Trump’s indiscriminate deportations are sowing fear, wreaking havoc on the local agricultural economy and sense of community in York Springs, a rural Pennsylvania town. It’s a must read. “Fiestas and Apple Orchards: Small-Town Life Before Trump” is excerpted below and … Continue reading »

Trump Mass Deportation Policy Destabilizing Workers, Farms, and Farming Communities Across the Nation

The Trump Administration’s hastily written, ill-advised executive orders on immigration have had many unintended consequences, including on the tourism industry and across farming communities and the agricultural sector. Over half of all United States farm workers are undocumented, according to the U.S. Department of Labor; over 8 million undocumented immigrants contribute to America’s workforce, according … Continue reading »

New Research: Quotes from Farmers on Why Immigrants and Farm Workers Are So Important to US Businesses, Economy

Quotes from farmers about immigrants here Last week, Democratic Senators Feinstein (CA), Leahy (VT), Bennet (CO), Hirono (HI), and Harris (CA) introduced the Agricultural Worker Program Act, a new piece of legislation designed to protect farm workers from deportation and put them on a path to citizenship. It’s an important proposal for immigrant laborers who do … Continue reading »

Horse Trainers, Tourist Spots, Farmers Agree: Immigrant Labor Shortage Harming American Businesses

The famous Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, but behind the pageantry and horse racing will be an industry that is struggling with a painful and damaging immigrant labor shortage. Also highlighted below are stories about how Cape Cod businesses won’t have enough immigrants for the summer tourist season — and how a deepening labor shortage in California may … Continue reading »

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