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Experts Are Warning The U.S. Supreme Court About The Economic Impacts Of Rescinding DACA Protections

In June, it was announced that the fates of almost 1 million people brought to the country illegally as children, known as DREAMers, would now be in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court. The case will be brought up as an appeal to the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program back in Fall 2017. The hearing is set to happen before the high court’s next term and will decide the legality of the Obama-era program. The argument focuses on if-then President Barack Obama acted legally in enacting the program. If so, the Trump administration could revoke the program as long as it shows good reasoning to do so. 

DACA provided temporary legal status for participants and protected them from deportation. This included the ability to work in the U.S. It also became a focal point in the debate over Trump’s proposed US-Mexico border wall back in February and his plans to take on illegal immigration. A ruling is expected in the 2020 election year, putting the highest court in the land at the center of this divisive issue. 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries are waiting on the Supreme Court decision on the program that could protect them or hurt them.

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There will certainly come disappointment and growing fears from those who were protected under DACA if the Supreme Court sides with the Trump administration. Experts are pointing to the likelihood that the removal of the program could cause harm to the U.S. economy as a whole. The removal of DACA would include the loss of thousands of U.S. jobs and taxes that would force more people into illegal hiring practice.  

“Getting rid of DACA will reduce economic growth and cost our federal, state, and local governments about $95 billion in foregone tax revenues, without any appreciable employment gains for U.S. citizens,” Ike Branon writes in an op-ed for Forbes.

When it comes to education, DACA recipients, who must have graduated from high school to qualify for the program, are on par with their U.S. citizen counterparts. This comes despite facing multiple roadblocks when it comes to receiving student aid or certain loans to pursue a college degree. According to the Migration Policy Institute, 55 percent of DACA recipients were employed back in 2017. This translates to 382,000 workers paying taxes and strengthening the U.S. economy.

With so limited financial aid options for school, many DACA recipients must take on one to two jobs to help support themselves through their college years. Branon writes that “the labor force participation rates of DACA recipients is above that of the general population,” signaling to contrary belief that true makeup of this group. 

If a court decision sides with the Trump administration there is a strong possibility of mass deportations of more than one million young adults residing in the U.S. under DACA protection.

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The Supreme Court’s decision has a lot at stake that will affect more than just DACA recipients. There is the probability that many of those young adults under protection would lose their jobs due to their legal status. This would also certainly have a significant negative impact on the U.S. economy and cause some concern in the overall job marketplace. 

A large portion of DACA recipients are “well-educated workers” that have some obtained a college degree. Almost half a million of those degrees would be rendered useless due to the changed legal status of those recipients if the program is rescinded. It would be difficult to simply fill those high-skilled jobs and do so without disrupting the overall U.S. economy. 

There is the potential loss of billions of economic and tax dollars that would be lost without having those protected under DACA part of the U.S economy. While the number is still uncertain, estimated figures see the economic impact from rescinding DACA of roughly $200 billion in the next 10 years. The loss of tax revenue would be close to $60 billion. 

There is enough evidence to support having permanent protections for DACA recipients.

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Whether it’s jobs or more educated people in the U.S., there is no doubt that applying permanent DACA protections would create more prosperity. The statistics show creating a pathway for legal citizenship is beneficial for all and will only cause more harm than good is rescinded. 

So what are the odds that the Supreme Court sides with DACA? 

The court currently has a conservative majority of 5-4 but many believe that vote will come down to conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, who has leaned liberal in recent years. We will have to wait until the court’s next term to find out the fate of one of the most politically charged issues of our time.

READ: DACA Recipients Will Finally Be Heard At The US Supreme Court In A Case That Could Decide Their Future

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‘National Treasure’ Is Being Rebooted on Disney+ With a Latina Lead, And She’s a DREAMer!

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‘National Treasure’ Is Being Rebooted on Disney+ With a Latina Lead, And She’s a DREAMer!

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Look, the 2004 movie “National Treasure” may be corny, but it’s also a classic. We’ll admit that we’ve revisited the movie a few times over the years, and hey, it holds up!

After all, who doesn’t want to see Nicolas Cage steal the Declaration of Independence in order to find a mountain of hidden treasure? So, if you’re a fan of the original movie, we have good news for you.

Disney+ just announced that they’re rebooting “National Treasure” as a series. And, this time, the main character will be Latina!

You heard it here first, folks. According to Deadline, the series’ protagonist will be a twenty-year-old Latina named Jess Morales. Throughout the course of the series, Morales will “uncover her mysterious family history and recover lost treasure”.

And to make things even more exciting, Deadline also reported that Jess Morales will be a DREAMer! In addition, Morales will have a “diverse group of friends” who will help her in her adventure. Sounds a lot different than the completely-white 2004 cast.

And unlike the original, apolitical movies, the “National Treasure” reboot will explore issues of “identity, community, historical authorship and patriotism”.

Sounds juicy! While the original Nicolas Cage movies were fun, they definitely never looked at American history through a critical lens. The 2004 movie was much more about finding hidden treasure than exploring what it means to be a person of color in 21st century America.

The fact that the lead of the “National Treasure” reboot is Latina signals to the audience that there are different ways to be American. Being a white male (like Nicolas Cage) doesn’t make you “more American” than being a person of color does.

Of course, Twitter users couldn’t help but express their opinions about the “National Treasure” reboot.

This person made an on-point observation about how the premise of the “National Treasure” reboot sounds suspiciously familiar…

Jess Morales won’t be the first Latina to use a map to find hidden treasure!

And of course, there were the haters that were mad that the hero of “National Treasure” will no longer be an old white dude.

This man doesn’t sound bitter at all…

And naturally, there was plenty of Latino talent ready to throw their hat in the ring.

We can’t wait to see who Disney+ casts to play Jess Morales! We need as many Latinos represented on screen as we can get.

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9-Year-Old Migrant Girl Drowns While Trying to Cross the Rio Grande in the U.S.

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9-Year-Old Migrant Girl Drowns While Trying to Cross the Rio Grande in the U.S.

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On March 20th, U.S. Border Patrol agents found a 9-year-old migrant girl unresponsive along with her mother and sibling on an island in the Rio Grande.

U.S. Border Patrol agents attempted to resuscitate the family. The agents were able to revive the mother and her younger, 3-year-old child. The Border Patrol agents transferred the 9-year-old migrant girl to emergency medics in emergency medics in Eagle Pass, Texas, but she remained unresponsive.

In the end, the 9-year-old migrant girl died–the cause of death being drowning.

The mother of the two children was Guatemalan while the two children were born in Mexico.

The death of the 9-year-old migrant girl is notable because this is the first migrant child death recorded in this current migration surge. And experts worry that it won’t be the last.

And while this is the first child death, it is not the only migrant who has died trying to make it across the border. On Wednesday, a Cuban man drowned while trying to swim across the border between Tijuana and San Diego. He was the second migrant to drown in just a two-week period.

Why is this happening?

According to some reports, the reason so many migrants are heading towards the U.S. right now is “because President Trump is gone”. They believe they have a better chance of claiming asylum in the U.S.

Another factor to take into consideration is that a large number of these migrants are unaccompanied minors. According to migrant services volunteer Ruben Garcia, Title 42 is actually having the opposite effect of its intent. President Trump enacted Title 42 to prevent immigration during COVID-19 for “safety reasons”.

“Families that have been expelled multiple times that are traveling with children,” Garcia told PBS News Hour. “Some of them are making the decision to send their children in by themselves, because they have families someplace in the U.S., and they know their children will be released to them.”

Is there a “border crisis”?

That depends on who you ask. According to some experts, the numbers of migrants heading to the U.S./Mexico border aren’t out-of-the-ordinary considering the time of year and the fact that COVID-19 made traveling last year virtually impossible.

According to Tom Wong of the University of California at San Diego’s U.S. Immigration Policy Center, there is no “border crisis”. “This year looks like the usual seasonal increase, plus migrants who would have come last year but could not,” Wong says.

As the Washington Post explained: “What we’re seeing right now is a predictable seasonal shift. When the numbers drop again in June and July, policymakers may be tempted to claim that their deterrence policies succeeded.”

What is the Biden Administration planning on doing about it?

As of now, it is pretty evident that the Biden Administration has not been handling this migrant surge well, despite ample warning from experts. As of now, President Biden has put Vice President Harris in charge of handling the issues at the border.

As of now, the game plan is still very vague. But in the past, the Biden Administration has stated that they plan to fix the migrant surge at the source. That means providing more aid to Central America in order to prevent further corruption of elected officials.

They also want to put in place a plan that processes children and minors as refugees in their own countries before they travel to the U.S. The government had not tested these plans and they may take years to implement. Here’s to hoping that these changes will prevent a case like the death of the 9-year-old migrant girl.

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