USA Top Executives Defend The Immigrants “Dreamers” Programme

A section of a letter that was signed by over 350 top executives in USA reads; “Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy. They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage.” 

Racial and Economic Justice Director at the Texas Civil Rights Project, Efrén C. Olivares,  stated; “If DACA were to be repealed, they’re going to be going after many young immigrants and families that have been affected by Harvey, that has been trying to keep their lives together. Considering a repeal of DACA would be just shocking for anyone who claims to care about Texas and its communities.”

The “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” is a policy that was implemented by the Obama administration to protect young illegal immigrants (including immigrants from the Caribbean) that are living in the USA.

According to Wall Street Journal; DACA which is a five-year-old program offers absolution and prevents deportation to nearly 800,000 people brought to the US as children, known as “Dreamers.”

Recently,  concerns have been raised that President Donald Trump might be contemplating abolishing this programme and this has led to over 350 top executives in the US to come together to voice their opinion on the matter.

These top executives are from various sectors such as companies, academic institutions, technology firms, non-profit groups, investors, trade groups as well as business groups namely, Apple, Amazon, Google, General Motors, Starbucks just to name a few.

Critics of the programme have always been lobbying for its end claiming it was not authorized by Congress. However, recently, White House officials have recommended that President Donald Trump ends DACA. Several administration officials have stated that President Trump will probably gradually put an end to the programme.

There are some elected Republican officials, who have expressed their opinion about the programme.

“I’ve urged the president not to rescind DACA,” stated Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Republican.

Speaking on a radio station in his home state of Wisconsin, Speaker Paul D. Ryan had the following to say about ending DACA,“I actually don’t think he should do that. I believe that this is something Congress has to fix.”

Rick Scott, the Republican Governor of Florida, stated; “I do not favor punishing children for the actions of their parents. These kids must be allowed to pursue the American dream. Congress must act on this immediately.”

According to the Times; US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II have privately made it clear to Trump that they could not defend the program in court, and a group of state attorneys general led by Ken Paxton in Texas has threatened to mount a legal challenge if the president did not act to end it by Tuesday.

In the meantime, President Trump has publicly contemplated the fate of immigrants who were brought to the United States without authorisation as minors, and who are now protected from deportation. These immigrants are also eligible to work because of the DACA programme.

An initiative that is said to have been coordinated by FWD.us, a pro-immigration lobbying group co-founded by Facebook  Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who also signed the letter along with Warren Buffett and many others. Over 350 executives urged President Trump and congressional leaders to preserve DACA,

Over 350 executives are urging President Trump and congressional leaders to preserve DACA. The executives stated that denying “Dreamers” work authorisation could result in loss of US$460.3 billion from the US economy and US$24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions.

President Donald Trump on Friday said he would announce a decision on Tuesday whether he will end DACA and had the following to say about the programme; “We love the Dreamers, we love everybody. We think the Dreamers are terrific.”

 

Written by Stacey Fowler

 

 

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