How New Immigration Policies Could Affect Your Workforce

Published: 02/12/2018


With immigrants to the United States making up an important part of Tennessee’s manufacturing workforce, changes in immigration laws (and their enforcement) are naturally of keen interest to the employers who must comply with them. But amid the various proposals, counterproposals, executive orders and court rulings, it hasn’t been easy to keep up with where things stand now.

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At our November “Tennessee Manufacturing Beyond the Box” lunch-and-learn session, Peggy Shukairy, an immigration attorney with Frost Brown Todd, provided some updates on how new policies may impact the workforce.


Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, approximately 800,000 people who were brought to this country as children have been able to remain in the U.S. and apply for an employment authorization document (EAD). Now, as the Trump administration winds down the program, no new applications are allowed. However, Shukairy said, that doesn’t change the status of their EADs.

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