Business leaders to Congress: DACA's 'valuable talent' at risk

By Lucia Mutikani and Pete Schroeder

However, the vast majority of the American people and members of Congress agree that these issues should be addressed, and there is achievable middle ground to do so.

President Donald Trump announced in September the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was enacted by former President Barack Obama in 2012.

"We write to urge Congress 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 executives wrote in the letter. This window of action leaves only 45 days for implementation prior to March 5th'. According to the New York Times, three former Department of Homeland Security secretaries estimated that is the amount of time the agency will need to implement a new program.

"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. Not only would failing to extend DACA cause untold human suffering, they note, it could cost the USA economy $215 billion in lost GDP.

"F$3 ailure to act in time will lead to businesses losing valuable talent, cause disruptions in the workforce, and will result in significant costs", the letter says.

Chloe Pan, the UCLA Undergraduate Students Association Council external vice president, said she thinks Congress needs to pass a proposed bill called the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, which would replace DACA and provide undocumented individuals with the legal status necessary to join the military or enter college. He has also urged Congress to act on the matter before the program officially ends.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also signed the letter, which was published a day after a federal judge in San Francisco temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end DACA.

"It took (us) weeks and weeks of organizing to get (Feinstein) to say, 'I'm going to stand behind DACA and the DREAM Act, '" he said. Large swaths of the business community have lobbied on behalf of Dreamers before.

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.

"It is time for Congress to give us a lasting solution that will leave no question that Dreamers are American citizens and are here to stay", said Becerra.

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