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Business leaders are reiterating their support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and asking Congress to step in after the Trump Administration formally said it is ending the Obama-era program.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday that DACA, which protects 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, “is being rescinded.” The Department of Homeland Security will stop processing new applications today.
The administration signaled its plan to end the program last week, and business leaders banded together to ask President Trump and Congress to reconsider. Amazon (Tech30) CEO Jeff Bezos, , Apple (Tech30) CEO Tim Cook and , Snapchat ( CEO Evan Spiegel as well as hundreds of other executives )signed a letter calling on the president to preserve the program.
The DHS said that it will continue to renew permits that expire in the next six months, giving Congress some time to figure out how to continue to protect current DACA recipients.
Here’s what CEOs and other leaders have to say.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg was one of over 400 CEOs to sign the letter asking Trump and Congress to save DACA. “This is a sad day for our country,” he said in a Facebook (Tech30) post Tuesday following Session’s announcement. “The decision to end DACA is not just wrong. It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it.” ,
Zuckerberg added, “It’s time for Congress to act to pass the bipartisan Dream Act or another legislative solution that gives Dreamers a pathway to citizenship.”
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg also posted a reaction on Facebook. “I’m heartbroken and deeply concerned that President Trump’s administration has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program,” she wrote on Tuesday.
“Dreamers deserve to be protected and live without fear. I’m standing with them and their families today — and asking Congress to pass the DREAM Act or other permanent legislation right away to give them a much-needed path to citizenship.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook
In a letter to employees obtained by CNNMoney, Cook said “I am deeply dismayed that 800,000 Americans — including more than 250 of our Apple coworkers — may soon find themselves cast out of the only country they’ve ever called home.”
Dreamers, he said, “help customers in our retail stores. They engineer the products people love and they’re building Apple’s future as part of our R&D teams. They contribute to our company, our economy and our communities just as much as you and I do. Their dreams are our dreams.”
Cook assured employees that “Apple will work with members of Congress from both parties to advocate for a legislative solution that provides permanent protections for all the Dreamers in our country.”
Bloomberg founder and CEO Michael Bloomberg
In a tweet sent prior to Session’s press conference, Michael Bloomberg said “Bloomberg is lucky to have Dreamers. They’re helping power our company & economy. Business leaders want a solution — Congress must lead.”
Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Google ( CEO Sundar Pichai said in a tweet on Tuesday that “Dreamers are our neighbors, our friends and our co-workers. This is their home.” He added, “Congress needs to act now to defend DACA.” )
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon spoke out on behalf of business lobbying group Business Roundtable, where he serves as chairman.
“America is and always has been a country of immigrants,” Dimon said in a statement released by Business Roundtable. “We should do everything in our power to continue to attract the best and brightest because they make us stronger as a people and as an economy. And, when people come here to learn, work hard and give back to their communities, we should allow them to stay in the United States.”
Business Roundtable’s president and CEO Joshua Bolten urged Congress and President Trump to find an alternative to DACA before the six-month deadline ends. “Failure to act would have a significant negative impact on businesses that rely on employees who are here and working lawfully,” he said.
Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins
Cisco (Tech30) CEO Chuck Robbins also weighed in, writing “so proud of Cisco Dreamers,” on Twitter. He added, “we stand with you all – we need the US Congress to act quickly to resolve this situation.” ,
Box CEO Aaron Levie
“Congress must act immediately to allow Dreamers to stay,” Box ( CEO Aaron Levie wrote on Twitter. “This should be priority # 1 given the confusion and stress ending DACA will cause.” )
Univision President and CEO Randy Falco
Univision ( President and CEO Randy Falco said on Tuesday, “DREAMers are our students, soldiers, first responders, coworkers, neighbors, and friends.” He added that at Univision, “we will continue to stand by them, including those talented DREAMers working at our company to advance our mission.” )
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley
A top official in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said on Tuesday that “the original DACA program announced in 2012 was premised on sound public policy, and unlike DAPA, it was not challenged in court. Individuals enrolled in good faith and became ingrained in our communities and the nation’s economy. To reverse course now and deport these individuals is contrary to fundamental American principles and the best interests of our country.”
He added that the decision “runs contrary to the president’s goal of growing the U.S. economy,” and said that the Chamber asks “the administration and the Congress work together to quickly find a legislative solution before the program expires.”
TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore
Linda Moore, CEO of the national bipartisan network of CEOs TechNet, said on Tuesday that “Ending DACA will be highly disruptive to the U.S. economy.” She added, “Whether you agree with DACA or not, ending it without anything to replace it creates unnecessary uncertainty for our economy and for almost 800,000 young people in this country who have passed background checks, paid fees, and are contributing to our economy, pursuing their studies, or even serving in our military.”
She concluded, “the President’s action now makes it an urgent priority for Congress to turn its sympathy for these young people into a law that ends the uncertainty they face.”
CNNMoney (New York) First published September 5, 2017: 1:55 PM ET
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