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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Report: MI Will Lose Big Without DACA Fix

Deporting DACA recipients would be felt across Michigan's economy, according to a new report. (Moonlightway/morguefile)
Deporting DACA recipients would be felt across Michigan's economy, according to a new report. (Moonlightway/morguefile)
December 22, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – As many Michiganders prepare for joyful days ahead, the holidays will be filled with uncertainty for thousands of young immigrants whose lives are in limbo, and their advocates say their loss would be felt by all.

Nearly 600,000 young people – including 5,400 in Michigan who were brought to this country as children by their undocumented parents – have been living with fear since President Donald Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides them protections to live and work here.

Victoria Crouse, state policy fellow for the Michigan League for Public Policy, says if these so-called "Dreamers" leave the state, their economic contributions do as well.

"If all these workers are removed from our economy, our state would lose out on an opportunity to invest in everyone, because it would mean a loss of $13 million in local and state taxes," she warns.

The League's report recommends Congress create a pathway to citizenship for these young people, and warns that if they are deported the state would also lose more than $400 million each year in economic activity.

A bipartisan group of senators is currently working to tie a border-security package to deportation protections for Dreamers, but so far no deal has been struck.

Crouse says despite facing many barriers including not being eligible for in-state tuition, many Dreamers are pursuing careers in high-tech, highly skilled areas.

"These are the areas where we see a shortage of candidates, so these young immigrants are really helping to fill in an important gap in our labor market, in our labor force," she explains. "So taking those opportunities away really hurts everyone."

Unless Congress acts, temporary deportation protections for those immigrants are set to end in early March. The full report is on the League's website.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI