Some local and state business leaders — including owners of construction companies, high-tech executives and restaurateurs — say they worry the Trump administration’s crackdown on certain categories of immigrants previously exempt from deportation could cause problems for an already stretched Texas workforce.
The administration says it plans to end protections for about 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the U.S. for at least the past 17 years. An estimated 36,000 of those reside in Texas.
Meanwhile, an estimated 700,000 young unauthorized immigrants — including about 124,000 in Texas — are awaiting the outcome of negotiations in Washington regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, that has provided them with work permits and protection from deportation.
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