A coalition of Texas business organizations including the Texas Association of Business and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, have declared their opposition to a federal lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that seeks to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). They claim that terminating DACA will cause “irreparable harm to the Texas economy” and reduce economic activity in the state by more than $6 billion annually.
The DACA was started by President Barack Obama to provide illegal aliens who came as minors to the U.S. with work permits and protection from deportation. The legal brief estimates the number of DACA recipients or “Dreamers” living in Texas is about 126,000.
Four large companies including Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Marek Brothers Construction and International Bancshares Corp. have also joined the lawsuit.
However, many grassroots Texans support the lawsuit to end DACA because they feel we should NOT excuse and reward any illegal aliens, including illegal alien minors. DACA clearly excuses and rewards illegal aliens who came as minors.
Opponents of DACA also feel it encourages more illegal immigration of minors and we cannot turn our nation into the world’s orphanage. Unaccompanied minors are cared for at taxpayer expense, and resettled or reunited with relatives with minimum of vetting and background checks.
We have also seen in recent months where thousands of illegal aliens and immigrants claiming asylum, have been accompanied by children in order to gain entry to the U.S. The “separation” of these “families” has ignited political anger on the Left and allowed many of those aliens to remain indefinitely in the country.
Interestingly, this is the second time big business leaders in Texas have opposed grassroots Texans on a major issue. Last year, the Texas Association of Business helped organize opposition to the “bathroom bill” that would have regulated where transgender people could use the bathroom. It was big business donor money versus grassroots voters, and big business who donates big money to politicians in Austin won.
On this DACA lawsuit and issue, grassroots Texans should be aware that big business is more interested money and cheap labor, than in securing the border, protecting citizens from illegal alien crime, and/or ending all illegal immigration. We cannot reward any illegal immigration otherwise we only get more, and we cannot turn our nation into the world’s orphanage.
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