Dear Editor: Over six months ago, the Trump administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Today, temporary federal court injunctions have forced the administration to continue to accept DACA renewals past the original March 5 deadline.

However, I’m very worried that Congress has not yet passed legislation to protect the country’s 1.8 million Dreamers. The court’s protection does not allow Dreamers who were unable to apply or who would have aged-in to the program the ability to receive deportation protections.

Dreamers are critical to our Wisconsin economy. If the court injunction is overturned, which could happen at any time, businesses all over the country will lose workers they’ve hired and invested in and would cost employers $6.3 billion. It would cost Wisconsin’s economy just under $418 million in lost economic growth and close to $8.5 million in lost state and local tax revenue.

As a college student, I believe I can speak for my fellow Latinos and other immigrants in saying Dreamers are contributing to our schools, our economy, and neighborhoods. They are starting businesses and being trained in high-tech jobs and skills that our economy needs. We can’t afford to lose them.

Congress should pass a bipartisan bill to help these young people. Politically, that would be a no-brainer since 86 percent of Americans think these young people should get to stay in the United States. It’s a win for the economy too. So, Speaker Ryan: What’s the hold up?

Jocelyne Rubi-Mendez

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