End of DACA sparks economic concerns
Texas is home to more than 100,000 DACA recipients, also known as "Dreamers." With the program's future in jeopardy, there are concerns about how its loss could impact the local economy.
"These DACA recipients were brought into the country as children, all they have are their dreams," said Luis Rodriguez, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber.
After President Donald Trump announced plans to end the Obama-era program, DACA recipients' future is now uncertain.
"They're gonna lose their homes, their cars, everything they've stabilized on their own being a great tax payer, being a great contributor to our nation," Rodriguez said.
He says it could be a decade until we know the full impact of ending DACA on the economy, because employers aren't required to ask if a potential employee is a recipient of the immigration program.
In announcing an end to the DACA program, President Trump, is allowing congress six months to act on the issue, which has drawn bi-partisan support.
"We need to pass in this month of September, a DREAM Act, a permanent law in this country that says that these young people will have their chance to become part of America's future," said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)