When an individual is accepted into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, they are granted protection from deportation and are permitted to work. Unfortunately, some DACA recipients have shared that they encountered employers who turned them away after they revealed to them their immigration status, according to The New York Times. David Rodriguez, a Venezuelan immigrant, is one who experienced this first-hand. Rodriguez told the news source that in 2013, he attended a presentation for an internship opportunity at Proctor & Gamble, a company that allegedly “valued diversity.”
Excited by what he heard during the presentation, he quickly applied. As someone who had been studying business at Florida International University at the time, he believed he had a fair shot at being chosen for the internship. But, as Rodriguez began filling out the application, he came across a question he didn’t have the answer to. The question read: “Are you currently a U.S. citizen or national, OR an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, OR a refugee, OR an individual granted asylum?”
Because Rodriguez’s status did not fit the profile of any of these, he had to reach out to the company to inform them that he was a beneficiary of the DACA program. He said that “before his qualifications were even considered, he received a rejection letter” which felt like “a punch in the stomach.” After going through that unfortunate experience, Rodriguez decided to utilize the legal system to prevent other employers from treating DACA beneficiaries the same way they had treated him.
The New York Times says Rodriguez is currently named as a plaintiff in a lawsuit that “seeks to use civil rights law to prevent employers from turning away immigrants like himself.”
Why are some companies turning away DACA recipients?
Companies like Proctor & Gamble, “say they are wary of investing time and money to train workers whose long-term employment eligibility is not secure.” Woody Hunt, who is the co-chair of the American Business Immigration Coalition, also shared that while employers want to “hire the best talent available to stay afloat and recover from COVID-19, they are worried about investing the time and resources to train someone who could get deported.” As you may be aware, the Trump Administration has continuously been fighting to end the DACA program, although all attempts have been unsuccessful thus far.
While hiring a “Dreamer” might seem like a potential risk for certain employers, these individuals should be given the same opportunity as anyone else who is legally permitted to work in the U.S.
Are you an immigrant living in Texas who believes your rights have been violated?
Whether you are living in the U.S. on a visa, green card, or as a DACA recipient, if your rights have been violated, it’s time you call a Texas immigration lawyer. The lawyers at the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen are qualified to handle various types of immigration-related matters, including those stemming from a violation of rights. To discuss your issue with a Texas immigration attorney now, call 210-503-2800.
You can reach the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen at:
310 South St. Mary’s Street, Suite 2100
San Antonio, Texas 78205