“We are all scared”: “Dreamers” face job risk and worse

Rainy Leonor-Lake, a so-called ‘dreamer’ who came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic when she was 6, credits the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for putting her life on a new path.

“I remember feeling very frustrated and hopeless when I graduated from high school because I did not know what was next for me,” she recalled. “I was stuck in a house for 24 hours a day without being able to work or go to school.”

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“We think 30,000 people could lose their jobs every month” because of the decision to end DACA, said Laura Huizar, staff attorney at the National Employment Law Project. “Regardless of how it’s phased in, this decision will cost the economy billions in lost productivity, decreased tax revenue, turnover and more.”

She added, “We are encouraging employers to stand by their employees regardless of what happens. It could mean standing by your employees in case of a deportation action.”

Read the full article at CBS News.


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