The Great DACA Rescission: Understanding the Legal and Economic Impact
On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally announced the Trump Administration's plan to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). However, concerns regarding the significant fiscal and economic impacts of DACA cancellation have been raised.
Instituted by the Obama Administration in 2012, DACA protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants, who came to the U.S. as children, from deportation and allows them to live and work legally in the U.S by applying for renewable two-year permits. These individuals contribute to keep a positive labor market outcome and viable social security system. The loss of these DACA workers would greatly impact the U.S. economy, especially California, which has the most DACA recipients.
In a LIVE webcast, a panel of thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group will discuss the significant legal and economic impacts of DACA rescission.
Some of the major topics that will be covered are:
- An Overview of DACA
- Economic Characteristics of DACA Recipients
- DACA Labor Market and Fiscal Contributions
- Implications of DACA Rescission
- Regulatory Outlook
David Katona, Partner
Katona & Mir LLP
- DACA is a form of deferred action, which is a formal use of discretionary executive authority to temporarily suspend the enforcement of immigration laws against a person or group of individuals. Although it is a recognized use of executive power, there is a difference of opinion on whether DACA is a legitimate use of that executive authority.
- Discussion of the history of DACA and the qualifying/disqualifying criteria
- If DACA is fully rescinded, no DREAM legislation is passed, and the gov’t starts initiating removal proceedings against this population, the taxpayers will pay the bill for such enforcements efforts. Also, the higher education system could suffer if these individuals are unable or unwilling to pay for a college education.
Raluca Vais-Ottosen, Attorney
DeWitt Ross & Stevens
- Failure to renew DACA or provide alternative solution will lead to U.S. employers losing hundreds of thousands of employees
- Mechanism by which employers become aware of employees’ lapse in employment authorization – I-9 re-verification
- Alternative options for DACA beneficiaries and their employers
Randy Capps, Director of Research, U.S. Programs
Migration Policy Institute
The Congressional debate on the fate of DACA participants and other unauthorized immigrants is focusing on several key questions:
- How many people will be eligible? Will it be the same as the current DACA program or a much larger group?
- Will the legislation continue to provide temporary protection and work authorization only? Or will there be a path to permanent residence and citizenship?
- What legislative tradeoffs, including enhanced border security and legal immigration restrictions, are being considered?
- What some important demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the DACA population, and how are they factoring in the debate?
- Do DACA participants compete with other U.S. workers?
- If DACA participants were legalized, how many family members could they sponsor for immigration in the future?
Who Should Attend:
- Immigration Law Attorneys
- Business Immigration Lawyers
- Immigration Officers
- DACA Beneficiaries
- Employers and Employees
- Labor and Employment Law Attorneys
- Human Resource Personnel
- Other Interested Professionals
David is a co-founder and partner at Katona & Mir LLP, a New York City based law firm established in 2005. For over 17 years, David has been practicing exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law. He is highly experienced in all aspects of business and family immigration as well as removal defense and appellate litigation.
David earned his bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University, his Master of International Affairs degree from American University's School of International Service and graduated cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law. Previously, he worked as a senior attorney in the Immigration Department at Hodgson Russ LLP and as an associate at Bondy & Schloss LLP and at Susie Kim & Associates, PC.
David is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Notably, he previously served as the Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the New York Chapter of AILA. He has also chaired and served on numerous other committees within AILA in New York and nationally. Additionally, David regularly speaks on and writes about various immigration related topics. Since 2012, he also appears regularly as a guest host on Aktina FM (91.5).
David is a co-founder and partner at Katona & Mir LLP, a New York City based law firm established in …
Raluca is an attorney at one of the largest firms in Wisconsin: DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. Her practice focuses on U.S. immigration law, as applicable to both individuals and businesses. She also has an extensive background in employment law, especially in employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
Raluca routinely advises business clients regarding the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification and E-Verify process. She provides training and education to businesses regarding the proper I-9 and E-Verify rules and procedures, and also assists clients with internal audits as well as government investigations related to I-9 and E-Verify.
Raluca’s immigration practice also includes applications for permanent residence (green card) for individuals through family or employment, visa applications with U.S. Consulates abroad, H-1B and other work and business visas, student visas, J-1 visas and waivers, asylum, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), among others.
Raluca is an attorney at one of the largest firms in Wisconsin: DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. Her practice focuses …
Randy Capps, Director of Research for U.S. Programs at MPI, is a leading national expert on the demography of the U.S. immigrant population, with a focus on families with children. Dr. Capps has written numerous reports on immigrant populations at the state and local levels, including those in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Texas, and Washington. He recently published national-level reports on the characteristics of children in unauthorized immigrant families, and the populations eligible for and participating in the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Prior to joining MPI, Dr. Capps was a researcher in the Immigration Studies Program at the Urban Institute (1993-96 and 2000-08). He received his PhD in sociology from the University of Texas in 1999 and his master of public affairs degree, also from the University of Texas, in 1992.
Randy Capps, Director of Research for U.S. Programs at MPI, is a leading national expert on the demography of the …
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About Katona & Mir LLP
Katona & Mir LLP, established in 2005, is a New York City-based boutique law firm practicing in the areas of immigration, business law, and litigation. Our firm’s partners have a combined 35 years of experience and are recognized leaders in their respective fields who play key roles in various bar associations and special interest organizations, routinely speak and lecture in a variety of public forums, and are regular contributors to conference and other legal publications.
After years practicing in large corporate law firms, Simi Mir and David Katona founded Katona & Mir with the aim of providing highly personalized and quality service. Our attorneys have worked tirelessly since to build the firm’s reputation and a loyal client base. We now proudly represent and advocate on behalf a wide range of clientele, from large multi-national corporations to start-ups as well as individuals and foreign nationals from around the world. Our practice spans industries including fashion, food & beverage, finance, technology, entertainment, public relations, advertising, import/export, and non-profit public service, among others.
About DeWitt Ross & Stevens
DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., including its affiliate DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore S.C., is one of the ten largest law firms based in Wisconsin, with an additional presence in Minnesota. It has more than 100 attorneys practicing in Madison and Metropolitan Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a variety of legal areas and has the experience to service clients of all scopes and sizes. The firm is known for its work in several areas, including corporate law, construction, employment, environmental, employee benefits, government relations, health care, litigation, real estate, tax, estate planning, family law, immigration, international, intellectual property, personal injury, patents, trademarks, and copyright law.
More information is available at www.dewittross.com
About Migration Policy Institute
The Migration Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC dedicated to study of the movement of people worldwide. MPI provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at local, national, and international levels. It aims to meet the rising demand for pragmatic and thoughtful responses to the challenges and opportunities that large-scale migration, whether voluntary or forced, presents to communities and institutions in an increasingly integrated world.
Founded in 2001, MPI grew out of the International Migration Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Headquartered in Washington, DC, MPI has an office in New York, and in 2011, MPI established the Brussels-based Migration Policy Institute Europe, which builds upon the work that MPI has done for years in Europe.