Top CEOs Urge DACA Action In Open Letter To Congress

It should seek to give relief only to those illegal immigrants who were caught up in the mess created by Obama's lawless act and brought themselves forward to apply for the program.

Big business is putting more pressure on Congress to protect America's Dreamers.

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.

"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. It urges lawmakers 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 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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The letter claims that allowing the program to expire could cost the United States economy $215 billion.

On Monday, President Trump held a publicized, bipartisan meeting with lawmakers to discuss continuing protections for those who fell under the DACA program and broader immigration reform. The missive will also run in full-page ads inside the Wall Street Journal and New York Times on Thursday. Silicon Valley executives were among the most vocal opponents of the White House's decision to end the program, often citing a CATO Institute study that found that ending DACA could cost the USA economy $215 billion.

Tech companies have been among the most vocal supporters of Dreamers since the Trump administration announced in September that it plans to end DACA.

Many of those members also signed a legal brief in support of Dreamer protection in November.

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

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