More Than 100 CEOs Pen Letter In Favor Of Protecting Dreamers

Sheri Evans
January 12, 2018

The Obama administration introduced DACA in 2012.

Chief executives of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple - together known as GAFA - were joined by those from IBM, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, General Motors, AT&T, Marriott, Hilton and dozens of others signing the letter calling for protection for the "Dreamers".

Should the January 19 window pass without action, it's unlikely a new policy could be enacted by March 5, the date Trump set as a congressional deadline when of a year ago.

"Failure to act in time will lead to businesses losing valuable talent, cause disruptions in the work force, and will result in significant costs", the letter sent to Senate and House leaders of both parties said. But CEOs from IBM, Dropbox, Microsoft and many more are asking Congress to pass a permanent piece of legislation before the end of next week to allow so-called Dreamers to continue living in the USA, so long as they are now living, working, and contributing to their communities.

DACA is now set to expire on March 5.

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The letter was delivered Wednesday afternoon to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The missive will also run in full-page ads inside the Wall Street Journal and New York Times on Thursday. The CEOs cited a study that determined ending the DACA program could result in a $215 billion decrease in the nation's gross domestic product.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in California moved to temporarily block the administration's efforts to end DACA while challenges to Trump's move play out in court.

President Trump's decision to rescind DACA is a grave injustice to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, creating crisis for immigrant families across America.

But the larger fight for a permanent solution for Dreamers goes on. While a recent version of the DREAM Act was projected to cover more than 2 million illegal immigrants, DACA only affects around 750,000.

So hopefully he's paying attention tomorrow, when a public letter, signed by more than 100 chief executives from some of America's most impactful businesses, urges politicians to pass legislation before January 19 that allows Dreamers to continue their lives in the US unimpeded.

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