CALL TODAY to demand Congressional action to protect Dreamers!

Doris Richards
January 12, 2018

It is hard to imagine being one of the 800,000 people who were brought here as children by their immigrant parents.

The so-called Dreamers represent the essence of the promise of America.

The choice is crystal clear: either Congress will pass bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers along with increased border security by January 19, or Congress will fail to pass these protections, voting instead for a year-long spending bill that will fund the deportation of these DACA recipients.

DACA is now set to expire on March 5. 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.

"We write to urge Congress to act immediately and pass a permanent bipartisan legislative solution to enable Dreamers who are now living, working, and contributing to our communities to continue doing so", the letter reads.

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. But their lives are now hanging in the balance because of the president's heartless decision to rescind DACA.

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. The missive will also run in full-page ads inside the Wall Street Journal and New York Times on Thursday.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also signed the letter, which was published a day after a federal judge in San Francisco temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end DACA. Republicans in Washington, including the president, have expressed support for a narrow solution for Dreamers. In October, more than 60 companies joined together to form The Coalition for the American Dream.

It is critical that Congress act to pass legislation before January 19th.

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