Immigration policy change could hamper Iowa business, ag workforce

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October 05, 2017
Some Iowa industries — manufacturing in particular — could lose workers if federal protections for immigrants brought to the U.S. as children are removed, state business leaders say.

President Donald Trump announced recently he will end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program implemented under former President Barack Obama.

Under DACA, federal law enforcement officials do not pursue for deportation immigrants living in the U.S. who were brought here while they were children.

 

Should DACA be rescinded, federal law enforcement personnel could begin deporting those immigrants who have lived in the U.S. since they were an average of 6 years old, according to a recent national survey conducted by pro-immigration groups.

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