Immigration Law

Business Owners, Economists Debunk Sessions' DACA Jobs Theory

Christopher Rugaber, AP, Sept. 6, 2017 - "James Harrison, the owner of a Phoenix-based specialty construction firm, employs three workers protected by an Obama-era immigration program that the Trump administration took steps Tuesday to eliminate .

Should those workers — who were brought to the United States illegally as children — be deported, Harrison doubts he would find other workers to replace them anytime soon.

“These are some of my top guys,” Harrison said. “They don’t drink, they don’t do drugs, they don’t do anything but work.”

His own grandfather, Harrison said, immigrated to the United States from England without any paperwork.

His on-the-ground viewpoint couldn’t be more different from that of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who made the questionable assertion Tuesday that the Obama administration’s measure “denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same jobs to go to illegal aliens.”

Nearly all economists and most business leaders reject Sessions’ view. Ending the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, won’t boost U.S. employment at a time when an aging workforce and a low jobless rate have left many employers struggling to find skilled workers. Eliminating the program might even cost jobs in the long run, they say."