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Hillcrest coffee shop owner wants Dreamers as staff

Hillcrest coffeeshop owner says he wants to hire Dreamers.
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Immigration Attorney and recent Hillcrest business owner, Jacob Sapochnick opened a new coffee shop called The Kouch in April, but that's not all, he says he wants to staff his business with Dreamers.

“We're going to start a campaign offering our kitchen positions and some of our baristas for people who have DACAs,” he told ABC 10 News.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA was an Obama-era initiative started in 2012 which gives two-year work permits to people living in the U.S. illegally since childhood.

Sapochnick says he will offer jobs to anyone who qualifies but wants to extend those same positions to Dreamers partly because he admires their work ethics.

“For me, as an employer, now I feel that I can benefit from a DACA employee,” he said. “They're determined, they're hardworking, and they really appreciate opportunity.”

President Trump said last month he will be discontinuing the DACA program and wants Congress to come up with another plan.

October 5 was the deadline for Dreamers to apply for a two-year renewal.

Of the 12 positions open at The Kouch, Sapochnik says he has two offers, but 10 waiting to be filled.