Move to end DACA would worsen state’s worker crisis

Randy Busse

Wisconsin needs workers. Some experts even say we’re facing a “worker crisis” in which employers cannot find enough people to fill the jobs they have open. The problem is hurting almost every industry, from agriculture to health care to manufacturing, and it will only get worse.

Nationwide, about 800,000 young people passed the background checks and satisfied other requirements to participate in DACA.

Part of the solution is keeping the talent we already have in this state, and that includes Wisconsin’s 7,600 Dreamers. These young immigrants were brought to this country through no fault of their own. Because of a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, 95 percent of them are working in our communities. The rest are in school or the military.

The federal government is going to shut down DACA on March 5. If Congress doesn’t pass legislation this month to replace DACA by March 6, 1,700 Dreamers will lose their work authorization and will be subject to deportation every single business day. Our worker crisis will get worse and, eventually, harm businesses’ ability to grow and function. We can’t afford that. I urge our representatives in Washington to vote to allow the Dreamers to stay before the end of the year.

Randy Busse