Experts Predict Little Ag Damage in DACA Action

Dan Industry News Release

dacaAn immigration attorney told the Capital Press this week that any changes to DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, would have little impact on agriculture. Tom Roach, a Pasco, Washington immigration attorney, says ending deportation deferrals for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children may not be a big hit to agriculture. He says most of those in the program are in other occupations. Roach estimates that only five to ten percent of the 800,000-people benefiting from DACA deportation deferrals work in agriculture. Roach went on to say the administration’s action may be a blessing because it may force Congress to save DACA, noting that 80 percent of Americans favor the program. DACA is a two-year renewable deferral of deportation with work authorization granted to children of illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. under 15 years-old. The program was granted by executive order by President Barack Obama in 2012.

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.