How will DHSs Deferred Action (DACA) process affect Alabama Employers?

Lets first discuss new employees.  Alabama employers now have a segment of new potential employees.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries are eligible for employment authorization if they file a petition for employment authorization (USCIS Form I-765) and receive their Employer Authorization Document I-766 (EAD).  Absent this, they are not authorized to work in the United States.

Next, lets discuss current employees.  If an existing employee informs his or her employer that he or she has filed for DACA consideration, this means that the employee is currently not authorized to work in the United States, which in turns means the employer has knowledge or at least constructive knowledge of the employees lack of work authorization, because only individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States may apply for DACA consideration.  To comply with the law, the employer must terminate employment immediately.

Why would the employee tell his or her employer that he or she has filed for DACA consideration?  Consider this scenario: Employee comes to HR department and asks for a letter or documentation to confirm that he or she has been working for the employer for a specified period of time. When asked what will this information be used for, the employee states that he or she is applying for DACA.   Ooops!

Adding to the risk associated with continuing to employ the individual who is currently applying for DACA consideration is the fact that any employment information provided by a DACA petitioner may be shared with ICE, which might lead to an investigation or audit into the hiring practices of the employer.