US companies urge Congress to help 'Dreamers'

Immigrant and civil rights organizations condemn Trump's remarks, call for passage of Dream act before January 19th

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This signaled an apparent shift in tone from the White House on the status of Dreamers, but Dreamers locally are still skeptical about their status in the USA under a Trump Administration.

The companies called for immediate action to help workers who will lose the protection of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in March.

The letter was signed by more than a hundred major executives, including Facebook's Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergFacebook profit soars amid new pressure from lawmakers Zuckerberg asks for forgiveness amid reports of Facebook's role in elections Interior Department canceled climate expert meeting with Zuckerberg: report MORE, Tim Cook of Apple, Microsoft president Brad Smith, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam. 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 U.S., so long as they are now living, working, and contributing to their communities.

The executives said ending the Obama-era legislation would translate into "an impending crisis for workforces across the country".

Evangelista, a Dreamer who grew up in Auburn, is one of a handful of Dreamers in Washington, D.C., this week lobbying members of Congress to find permanent protections and solutions for DACA.

"Failure to act in time will lead to businesses losing valuable talent, cause disruptions in the workforce and will result in significant costs".

U.S. District Judge William Alsup said lawyers in favor of DACA clearly demonstrated that young immigrants "were likely to suffer serious, irreparable harm" without court action.

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The letter, dated January 10, asked that lawmakers pass a bill to support the so-called Dreamers, months after President Trump's administration announced DACA's would be history within six months. Then, in any order, an end to the travesty known as "sanctuary cities", elimination of both the visa lottery program and chain migration, an airtight visa entry-exit system, and, last but not least, Mr. Trump's wall.

The president reiterated his demand that an immigration agreement include a border wall, his campaign promise that is anathema to Democrats and now comes with an $18 billion price tag for US taxpayers.

"It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and nearly always wins before being reversed by higher courts", Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

DACA allows about 800,000 immigrants to stay and work in the country.

In a poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University, 79 per cent of American voters said they want "Dreamers" to be able to stay in the US and apply for citizenship.

'But any solution has to include the wall because without the wall, it doesn't work'.

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