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If DACA ends the economy will lose $6.1 billion a year

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Joaquin Garcia attends a protest supporting DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, at LUPE (La Union Del Pueblo Entero) during a press conference on July 6 in San Juan, Texas. Immigrant advocates are hoping a federal appeals court will uphold an Obama-era program that prevents the deportation of thousands of immigrants brought into the United States as children. A federal judge in Texas last year declared the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program illegal — although he agreed to leave the program intact for those already benefiting from it while his order is appealed. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy commemorated its 10th anniversary in June. What started as a temporary solution for immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to legally build their lives in the U.S. ended up transforming the futures of more than 106,000 Texas immigrants and supported our state’s growth along the way. These immigrants add to the vibrancy, diversity and culture of North Texas, but the realities of the policy’s future loomed large during recent anniversary celebrations.

Today, DACA beneficiaries live in a state of constant uncertainty. On July 6, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in State […]

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