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Tech Giants Urge Trump to Allow 'Dreamers' to Stay in U.S.
As the Trump administration reportedly considers ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a group of tech giants sent a letter to the White House urging the president to keep the immigration program in place, as TechCrunch reports.
DACA, also known as the Dreamers Program, was established by former President Obama and “gives young immigrants the opportunity to stay in the U.S., to take up jobs or study, rather than face deportation if they meet a number of criteria,” TechCrunch notes. Ending the program could force the deportation of about 800,000 young people.
And now a political advocacy group founded in 2013 by Facebook, called FWD.us, has sent a letter to the White House advocating on behalf of the so-called Dreamers, TechCrunch reports. The letter was signed by some of the biggest names in tech, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai,Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Salesforce CEO and Chairman Marc Benioff and many others.
Here’s the open letter in full:
August 31, 2017
To: President Donald J. Trump
To: Speaker Paul Ryan; Leader Nancy Pelosi; Leader Mitch McConnell; and Leader Charles E. Schumer
As entrepreneurs and business leaders, we are concerned about new developments in immigration policy that threaten the future of young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows nearly 800,000 Dreamers the basic opportunity to work and study without the threat of deportation, is in jeopardy. All DACA recipients grew up in America, registered with our government, submitted to extensive background checks, and are diligently giving back to our communities and paying income taxes.
More than 97 percent are in school or in the workforce, 5 percent started their own business, 65 percent have purchased a vehicle, and 16 percent have purchased their first home. At least 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies count DACA recipients among their employees.
Unless we act now to preserve the DACA program, all 780,000 hardworking young people will lose their ability to work legally in this country, and every one of them will be at immediate risk of deportation. Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions.
Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy. With them, we grow and create jobs. They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage.
We call on President Trump to preserve the DACA program. We call on Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act or legislation that provides these young people raised in our country the permanent solution they deserve.
In addition to corporate leaders, House Majority Leader Paul Ryan is also urging President Trump to keep DACA in place.
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