New Hillcrest coffee shop aims to hire Dreamers

Posted at 6:08 AM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 13:39:02-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Jacob Sapochnick isn't your typical coffee shop owner -- he's also an immigration attorney who came to the United States 20 years ago.

He said he'll hire anyone qualified to work at his new shop called The Kouch (with a K because C was taken), but he's hoping to recruit those looking for a little certainty in the world.
“We're going to start a campaign offering our kitchen positions and some of our baristas for people who have DACAs,” he said.

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was launched by President Obama in 2012, giving two-year work permits to people living in the U.S. illegally since childhood.

But last month, President Trump announced he was phasing out the program, calling it unconstitutional. He wants Congress to come up with a solution.

Still, Sapochnik who has represented Dreamers sees an opening.

“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.”

Dreamers had until Oct. 5 to apply for a two-year renewal.

Sapochnik said he has two offers out currently, but has nearly 10 openings still.