Lester: The downfalls if Trump cancels Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals plan

In this Dec. 6, 2016, photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally in Fayetteville, N.C. Trump’s promise to “work something out” for immigrants brought here illegally as kids is dividing fellow Republicans, underscoring how difficult it will be for Congress to take any action on immigration, whether it’s building a wall or dealing with immigrant youths. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Imagine the images of 10,000 young people being deported every week. If President-elect Trump cancels the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as he promised during the presidential campaign, we could see just that.

For one thing, consider the ill will this approach will generate. In an age of camera phones and social media, images of law-abiding, gainfully employed young people afraid of deportation will make an unpleasant mark on the early days of a Trump administration.

Beyond publicity, it simply is not good for business. Doing away with DACA could cost 700,000 participants their jobs in a single day. The cost to our economy? About $433 billion in gross domestic product would be lost over a decade.

Established in 2012, DACA protects some people who came to this country before the age of 16 from deportation for a limited period of time.