President Trump’s end to DACA

Trumps position to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) effectively starts a wind-down of the Obama approved program. The wind-down effectively sets expiration dates for the work eligibility of DACA recipients, who number just less than 790,000 per the most recent U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service data. To the extent they are not already tracking when immigrant workers eligibility expires, employers need to do so, attorneys say. And when their workers are no longer eligible to work, employers must obey the law.

The Trump administration will not process renewals for existing recipients whose benefits expire after March 5, 2018.  Immigrant employees will slowly be forced out of the workforce.  This decision could affect around 24,000 people who live in Georgia.

The six leading contenders to replace Gov. Nathan Deal split along party lines over his step to end DACA. Deal said through a spokeswoman that Georgia will continue to follow the rule of law as it has always done.However, Employers must not act to quickly.   Some Employers may prefer letting go covered workers early rather than facing staffing problems down the road, they risk potential legal action as workers could allege they were fired based on race or national origin.  The EEOC will likely be looking for these types of violative actions.

President Trump is giving Congress a 6-month window to possibly save the policy.

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