CEOs Of Major Companies Tell Congress To Protect 'Dreamers'

"Our Dreamers are fellow New Mexicans and are as American as I am".

Both employers and employees are already facing some tough decisions because it has been three months since President Trump effectively ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with no solution.

But the fate of those protections has become an open question ever since President Trump moved to rescind DACA in September.

Chief executives of more than 100 companies-including Facebook Inc., Apple Inc. and General Motors Co. -are urging Congress to pass by next week legislation to protect "Dreamers", undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

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.

The CEOs have settled upon this day as they maintain that doing so will give the government some time to implement a new program before DACA's expiration date.

"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.

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. He has also urged Congress to act on the matter before the program officially ends. Large swaths of the business community have lobbied on behalf of Dreamers before. How many more stories must be shared or advocates join the fight? That coalition paid for the full-page ads that will run in the Times and Journal Thursday.

President Donald Trump has expressed support for Dreamers, but he also insisted this week that he would not back a DACA bill unless it included funding for the Mexican border wall that he says will stop illegal immigration.

There have been several versions of the DREAM Act, and Democrats will push for the most expansive iteration and pretend it is identical to a legislative fix for DACA.

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