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DACA, other undocumented immigrants, and Houston after Harvey

By: Teri Bernstein


 undocumented immigrants in Houston: AP Archive


"Half of the workers in construction in Texas are undocumented," reports Stan Marek, CEO of Marek Construction, via Fox News. Moreover, the National Association of Home Builders reports that 54% of developers nationwide have felt a shortage in their labor pool in 2017, since the immigration ban began. These reports were made in August, PRIOR to Hurricane Harvey's devastation in Houston. This was also prior to the edict phasing out DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  


DACA beneficiaries (also known as "Dreamers") have undertaken training programs and have become employed in helping professions as well as construction and other trades. With their prospects suddenly at risk, the services they have been and would be providing as Houston cleans up and rebuilds are also in jeopardy. 





  • Do you know anyone personally who was brought to the U.S. as a child, and whose status is either undocumented or "Dreamer" under DACA? What do you think the policy on undocumented children or undocumented workers who have started businesses and lived lawfully in the U.S. should be? Do you feel the policy should apply differently to those from different areas of the world? Explain your position. 
  • What are the various trades and services that might be impacted most from the loss of immigrant labor? Research the response of small business owners and CEOs throughout the country regarding the phasing out of the DACA program.