DACA

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a federal program that allows immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as minors before 2012 to earn conditional renewable legal status if they meet a number of requirements. DACA has faced legal battles in the federal courts over the constitutionality of how it created in 2012 through executive order. In 2017 President Trump rescinded DACA, but said that DACA had been beneficial and called on Congress to re-enact it through legislation. In 2020 the Supreme Court ruled that Trump's rescinding of DACA was illegal and allowed the program to stand, however the program's future is uncertain as it continues to face legal battles in federal courts. DACA recipients are also referred to as Dreamers, a term originating from the DREAM Act.

On Friday July 16, Federal Judge Andrew Hanen of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas  ruled that DACA is an illegal program because its creation through DHS violated the Administrative Procedure Act by...
The following is DACA recipient Dr. Manuel Bernal Mejia's testimony from the June 15 Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing on the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021.
At stake is the future of our country’s 1.25 million Dreamers, but also the long-term growth and stability of the businesses that employ them. Among the general public, this is not a partisan issue: almost two-thirds of...
Since the DACA program's inception, Congress has failed to come together to enact a bipartisan solution to provide permanent, legislative protections for Dreamers. While DACA provides recipients with temporary relief, the...
HOUSTON– Today, Texans for Economic Growth (TEG) and the Texas Opport
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NEW YORK, NY – Wednesday, less than a week since the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Dream & Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, New American Economy (NAE) hosted a virtual fly-in to urge key...
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AUSTIN, TEXAS — Today, a broad coalition of more than 200 business leaders and CEOs, university presidents and elected officials gathered at the "Texas Prospers: Keeping Our State Competitive and Prosperous through...
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On Tuesday, the Texas Business Immigration Coalition (TBIC) and the Texas Business Leadership Council (TBLC) launched the new Texas Opportuni
Texas business leaders discussed the economic impacts of immigration on Texas and called for sensible immigration legislation like a permanent fix for DACA and a method to ID and Tax unauthorized immigrants during a recent...
A federal judge has reversed the Trump administration’s latest round of rules placing further limits on the Obama-era program that shields undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children from deportation.
I am choosing to publicly respond to your press release from July 6, 2021 because there are 204,000 Dreamers brought as children without proper documentation by their parents living in Texas. Their lives hang in the balance...
Yesterday U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and I sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) urging him to consider targeted legislation that would offer permanent legal status specifically to...
In Texas, we mean business. Our economy cannot afford to lose the significant contributions of our immigrant workforce. Recognizing the importance of Immigrant Heritage Month reminds us of our own families’ immigrant stories...
Authored by Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Texas Association of Business, and originally published by San Antonio Express-News on April 17, 2021 
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AUSTIN, TX - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, with a bipartisan vote of 228 to 197.
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Fresh from his swearing in on Inauguration Day, President Joe Biden went to the White House and issued a long-overdue proposal for reforming the broken U.S. immigration system. The echoes of the fireworks that evening had...
Recent news reports suggest that Joe Biden will propose a s
Republican and Democrat lawmakers, business leaders, and immigration advocates called on Congress to pass bipartisan immigration solutions next year during the Reigniting the Economic Engine: Immigration Solutions for 2021 ...
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Stan Marek, CEO of the Houston-based MAREK and long-time sensible immigration policy advocate met with host Gregory Kallenberg on a recent episode of the 

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