What does halting DACA mean for Los Angeles businesses and employees?

Today, President Donald Trump was expected to announce his decision regarding the program that would protect from children from deportation.

Put in place by President Barack Obama, DACA, or the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program, shields undocumented people who were brought to the U.S. illegally at a young age. As the current administration plans to terminate the program, advocacy groups are urging the White House to at least postpone the decision until terms are renegotiated.

DACA recipients, as well as businesses who employ them, will feel an immediate impact if the program is eliminated. Employers working with DACA recipients will be vulnerable to legal battles for hiring undocumented workers.

Host Larry Mantle checks in with immigration law experts as well as local advocacy groups on the future of “dreamers.”


Leslie Berestein Rojas, KPCC’s immigration and emerging communities reporter; she joins us from the CHIRLA and UndocuMedia-organized “Rally to Defend DACA & TPS (Temporary Protected Status)” in Downtown LA; she tweets @Multi_American​

Michael Kaufman, staff attorney specializing in immigrants’ rights at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California

Claude Arnold, a consultant at Frontier Solutions, a crisis management firm based in LA; he is also a retired special agent in charge of U.S. ICE investigations at their LA office