Top CEOs Urge DACA Action In Open Letter To Congress

Joanna Estrada
January 12, 2018

Lend your voice to the movement by calling your members and demanding that Congress act to pass a clean Dream Act by January 19th!

"The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country", the letter (PDF) says.

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 past year.

"In addition to causing a tremendous upheaval in the lives of DACA employees, failure to act in time will lead to businesses losing valuable talent, cause disruptions in the workforce, and will result in significant costs", the letter reads. 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.

The letter, first reported by The Hill, notes "that the overwhelming majority of the American public of all political backgrounds agrees that we should protect Dreamers from deportation".

Tech companies have been among the most vocal supporters of Dreamers since the Trump administration announced in September that it plans to end DACA. Udall urged Republicans to join with Democrats and work in good faith toward an immediate agreement that will protect the future of the 800,000 Dreamers in the United States, including 7,000 Dreamers in New Mexico.

Both employers and employees are already facing some tough decisions because it has been three months since President Trump effectively ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with no solution. Last night's court ruling temporarily blocking the president's DACA decision does not lessen the urgency of Congress' duty to act.

"It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and nearly always wins before being reversed by higher courts", Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. 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.

"I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents".

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