Corporations Claim Texas Will Lose if DACA Goes
Throwing everything against the (yet-to-be-built) wall in hopes that something will stick, a coalition of U.S. businesses claims Texas’s lawsuit against DACA will cost the state $6 billion.Who knew that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was such a cash cow?“In the face of DACA rescission … immigrant communities in Texas are increasingly holding back from economic activity, focusing instead on saving to protect their families from the economic trauma in the form of job loss and legal fees that comes with deportation proceedings,” the corporate consortium argued in a federal court brief filed late Saturday.The 114 businesses – including Southwest and United Airlines, Amazon, Uber and Verizon – estimate that 126,000 of 689,000 illegal aliens protected under former President Barack Obama’s DACA program reside in Texas. From that estimate, the companies draw the following outrageous conclusions:
- The purchasing power of DACA recipients has “led to the existence of 5,800 manufacturing jobs” in Texas. This is a slippery statement, since fast-food employment has blurred with “manufacturing” in government reports.
- DACA individuals are expected to contribute about $244.7 million in Texas taxes in 2018. There is no mention of public services and subsidies received.
- The state would lose more than $6 billion in annual GDP over the next decade if DACA were scrapped. In the absence of supporting documentation, this is merely a blue-sky figure floated for headline value.
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