With a deadline looming in sight, and many DACA recipients now facing deportation, business leaders are calling on Congress to save Dreamers by passing the DACA law by the middle of January. This would ensure that there would be time to implement the law before the deadline in March.
Tuesday the president held a public meeting with top lawmakers in an effort to push them along in their decision. Congressional Republicans continue to stick their feet in the sand, refusing to fix DACA before a “border wall” plan is in place.
Over a hundred business leaders have come together to ask Congress to pass legislation that will ensure that young immigrants receiving DACA, or Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals, will be safe from the “crisis” that will strike should Congress fail to act.
The letter, which was sent Wednesday to House and Senate leaders, asks lawmakers to pass a bill in support of Dreamers before it’s too late:
‘We write to urge Congress to act immediately and pass a permanent bipartisan legislative solution to enable Dreamers who are currently living, working, and contributing tour communities to continue doing so. The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country.’
More than one hundred successful business executives signed the letter, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
Below are some of the top Twitter reactions to the DACA plea:
Democratic leaders have said that DACA legislation should be included in any spending deals but Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, said that the bills will be separate.
The letter cited a study that found that ending DACA could result in a massive $215 decline in gross domestic product.
‘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 continued:
‘While delay or inaction will cause significant negative impact to businesses, hundreds of thousands of deserving young people across the country are counting on you to work in a bipartisan way to pass permanent legislative protection for Dreamers without further delay.’
‘Dreamers’ were all brought the US as children — but their protected status could soon be in jeopardy 😶
— The Tylt (@TheTylt) January 11, 2018
The video below, courtesy of Fortune, showcases some of the business leaders that support DACA:
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