February 26, 2018
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Supreme Court declines to hear DACA case, reducing pressure for immediate congressional action on 'Dreamers'

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to take up a key case dealing with an Obama-era program shielding hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. The high court said that an appeals court should hear the case first. The result, NPR reports, is that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will stay in place for now.

The presidential administration had asked the high court to review the case directly, rather than having it heard first by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Two lower courts have already blocked the administration from ending the DACA program, as president Donald Trump had proposed to do next month.

The Supreme Court's decision not to hear the case is seen as a defeat for the Trump administration, which had wanted a quick ruling on the president's power to end special protections for so-called Dreamers, The Los Angeles Times reports. For the time being, the DACA protections will remain for the program's roughly 700,000 participants.

The high court's decision to stay out of the issue for now means DACA participants -- immigrants brought to the country without legal authorization as children -- will still be able to renew their status, CNN reports. The move will also lessen pressure on Congress to act on a permanent solution for DACA.

For more on federal immigration issues, contact AWB government affairs directors Amy Anderson or Bob Battles.

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All Manufacturers Need Relief

Manufacturing jobs key to all of our communities

By AWB President Kris Johnson

The health of Washington state's manufacturing sector is a bellwether for the strength of our overall economy, and a key driver of economic opportunity for families in every city and small town across the state.

The sector is vital to the state. Manufacturing jobs support families with livable wages and benefits and they grow the local economy and tax base to ensure funding for critical services.

Along with all that positive news, is the reality is the sector needs some support.

Since 2000, Washington has lost more than 50,000 manufacturing jobs, the majority of which are not in the aerospace sector.

The good news is lawmakers are currently considering bills that would reinstate the uniform B&O tax relief. It's a move our members support as one way to jumpstart job creation in every part of the state...

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