Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, and Jeff Bezos Urge Congress to Extend DACA

Alfred Osborne
January 12, 2018

"Our Dreamers are fellow New Mexicans and are as American as I am".

The executives said it's "critical" that Congress pass Daca legislation before January 19 because former leaders of the Department of Homeland Security have said the agency will need time to process applications before the current program expires.

"F$3 ailure to act in time will lead to businesses losing valuable talent, cause disruptions in the workforce, and will result in significant costs", the letter says. 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 United States, so long as they are now living, working, and contributing to their communities.

The letter was sent to congressional leaders on Wednesday, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

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DACA was implemented in June 2012 by the Obama administration after the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would have given Dreamers a way to apply for permanent residency, failed to pass Congress. DACA grants Dreamers two years of deferred action from deportation and also makes them eligible for a work permit. It is set to publish in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as a full-page ad on Thursday. "But we must also recognize that we are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws", Trump said in September, explaining the decision.

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. Not only would failing to extend DACA cause untold human suffering, they note, it could cost the US economy $215 billion in lost GDP.

But the larger fight for a permanent solution for Dreamers goes on.

Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, and Jeff Bezos are among more than 100 prominent business leaders urging Congress to pass legislation protecting young immigrants.

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