A policy brief is a document that discusses a specific issue and provides succinct, rigorous and accessible recommendations to policy makers. It draws on research, academic theory and practice. The brief is no more than 1 page single space in length and is derived from extensive research and analysis. The policy brief should be presented as bulleted points with the sections below as your subheadings. Be certain to review the various instructional videos on the course web site. The policy brief consists of the following six (6) sections:Section I: Identify the issue or problem you will addressSection II: Identify the stakeholders who have an interest in address or solving your issue/ problemSection III: Identify three (3) or four (4) points about the nature, salience and/ or urgency of your issue/ problemSection IV: Identify policy options/ courses of action available for addressing your issue/ problemSection V: Recommend a preferred policy solution/ course of action for addressing your issue/ problemSection VI: List 4 -6 References you used in developing your policy brief
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Policy Brief: If DACA is taken away?
Section I: I would like to bring to your attention the issues of ending DACA for 124,000+
recipients living in Texas. Many of these adults were once underage and brought illegally by
their parents, but after Obama passed the DACA reform and extensive restrictions many of them
hoped to live like a regular U.S. citizen. Now more than ever we have started to see that DACA
recipients are being put at risk, their security, dreams, and lives are being played on thin ice.
However, with your help, DACA recipients can still look up and continue to dream again.
• Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke knows that dreamers are not only part of our
communities, but they lead them by example. He supports the DREAM Act and
comprehensive reform (House Campaign, 2012).
• Texas State 7th Congressional district Representative John Culberson has committed to
finding a bipartisan solution for DACA.
• Mayor Sylvester Turner has shown support by joining the community leaders like the
Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to support all 10% of U.S. DACA students that
live in Houston, TX.
• Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), Vice President of
Litigation Nina Parales, has argued against Texas Judge Andrew Hanen not to block
DACA but to allow it to continue (Gamboa, 2018).
• Ending DACA means taking away 241,000+ undocumented students the hope of
finishing their college degree. Texas is vital in this case because it has passed one of the
first in-state tuition bills (Barshay, 2017).
• Secondly, Texas will lose $6.1 billion in output per year if DACA recipients lose their
eligibility to work legally and the United States will lose $433 billion over the next ten
years (Schoen, 2017).
• Lastly, it will cost the United States $12,500 per individual to deport them. Overtime
every dollar spent to deport Dreamers is a dollar not spent enforcing immigration laws
against individuals who purposely entered the U.S. illegally; individuals engaged in drug
or sex trafficking, and undocumented individuals committing severe felonies (Hudak and
• No person who currently possesses DACA can be deported unless they have committed a
• DACA recipients can apply for permission to travel for educational purposes and urgent
humanitarian situations through the Advance parole application.
• The RAC Act bill H.R. 1468 is a Republican-led bill that could provide more than
750,000+ young immigrants participating in DACA, as well as other eligible young
undocumented immigrants brought to America as children, the opportunity to earn legal
status (Rodriguez, 2017).
Section V: Addressing a permanent decision like RAC Act bill can help DACA individuals that
are giving back to a country where they know they belong. Although it needs improvement, like
the flexibility to extend the conditional permanent resident status (without it many hardworking
individuals can lose their status) and should also be applied to all young undocumented
immigrants especially the ones who were brought after 16 years old. It can truthfully be a bill
that can help everyone who is a recipient and support our country’s values.
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Barshay, J. (2017, September 13). Counting DACA students. Retrieved from https://hechingerre
Gamboa, S. (2018, August 8). After court wins, immigrants worry a Texas judge may rule
against DACA. Retrieved from https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/after-court-winsimmigrants-worry-texas-judge-may-rule-against-n898746.
House Campaign. (2012). Beto O’Rourke in survey of 2012 House campaign webistes.
Retrieved from http://www.ontheissues.org/International/Beto_O%60Rourke_Imm
Hudak, J., & Kamarck, E. (2017, September 7). The mind-boggling cost of DACA repeal.
Retrieved from https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2017/09/07/the-mind-bogglingcost-of-daca-repeal/.
National Immigration Forum. (2017, April 6). H.R. 1468 Recognizing America’s Children
(RAC) Act: Bill Summary. Retrieved from https://immigrationforum.org/article/recog
Rodriguez, J. (2017, March 10) Curbelo, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Provide Legal Status to
Undocumented Children and Young Adults. Retrieved from https://curbelo.house.gov
Schoen, J. W. (2017, September 5). DACA deportations would cost billions for states like
California, Texas and Illinois. Retrieved from https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/05/dacadeportations-could-cost-us-economy-more-than-400-billion.html.
Policy Brief Worksheet
Section I: Identify the issue or problem you will address
Section II: Identify the stakeholders who have an interest in address or solving your issue/ problem
Section III: Identify three (3) or four (4) points about the nature, salience and/ or urgency of your issue/
Section IV: Identify policy options/ courses of action available for addressing your issue/ problem
Section V: Recommend a preferred policy solution/ course of action for addressing your issue/ problem
Revised Fall 2018
Section VI: List 4 -6 References you used in developing your policy brief
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