Washington D.C., USA September 2nd: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, (DACA), is an executive order signed by former US President Barak Obama in 2012 which prevents undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation and provides a two-year eligibility for renewable work permits. Reports that President Donald Trump may end DACA as early as Tuesday has sparked outrage across America. Leaders in his own party, the Republican Party have called on Trump to keep the status quo so Congress can consider addressing the issue legislatively instead.
An NBC poll conducted August 24th to August 29th showed 64% of Americans support DACA while 30% oppose. That is a statistically significant support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, (DACA).
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Sundar Pichai, HP’s Meg Whitman and several industry leaders also signed an open letter on thursday asking Trump to back off DACA.
These are some reactions on Twitter to Trump Trying To Mess With DACA
Ana NavarroVerified account @ananavarro Sep 1: “Trump pardoned convicted racist who willfully broke law. Hope he shows empathy to Dreamers, who broke law thru no fault of their own. #DACA”
Jeff FlakeVerified account @JeffFlake 23h23 hours ago: “Congress needs to take immediate action to protect #DACA kids.”
Kamala HarrisVerified account @KamalaHarris 24h24 hours ago: “I will fight tooth and nail to protect #DACA. Those young people have only known one home, the U.S. Deporting them would be inhumane.”
There is overwhelming bipartisan support for legislative solutions to protect Dreamers from deportation and to create a legal status for them.
This is what members of Congress are saying about DACA
Sen. Charles Schumer Sen. Charles Schumer D-NY DREAM ACT SPONSOR:
“I am honored and gratified to once again take up the mantle of The DREAM Act with my friends Senators Durbin, Graham and Flake. The young people who this legislation..”
Sen. Lindsey Graham Sen. Lindsey Graham R-SC DREAM ACT SPONSOR:
“I do not believe we should pull the rug out and push these young men and women―who came out of the shadows and registered with the federal government―back into the darkness..”
Sen. Dick Durbin Sen. Dick Durbin D-IL BRIDGE ACT SPONSOR DREAM ACT SPONSOR:
“For over a decade, I’ve come to the Senate floor to share with my colleagues and the American people the stories of talented young undocumented immigrants, who have over…”
Rep. Mike Coffman Rep. Mike Coffman R-CO DREAM ACT SPONSOR RAC ACT SPONSOR:
“It’s so important to recognize that young people who were brought here as children, who grew up here, went to school here, and who often know of no other country, be all…”
Rep. Carlos Curbelo Rep. Carlos Curbelo R-FL BRIDGE ACT SPONSOR RAC ACT SPONSOR:
“These are America’s children, and that is why I’m proud to lead this group of representatives from all over the country to introduce legislation to simply recognize them…”
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart R-FL RAC ACT SPONSOR:
“This bill recognizes those who were brought here at a young age by their parents and are living in the shadows. I am proud to support legislation that will allow hardworking…”
Sen. Joe Donnelly Sen. Joe Donnelly D-IL BRIDGE ACT SPONSOR:
“Our country is still in need of comprehensive immigration reform, but in the interim we should pass this bipartisan legislation to give these young people, who were brought… ”
Rep. Dan Donovan Rep. Dan Donovan R-NY RAC ACT SPONSOR:
“While Congress debates smart enforcement and security for our borders, they can also create a rigorous but fair system that the undocumented population could follow to e… read more
Rep. David Valadao Rep. David Valadao R-CA RAC ACT SPONSOR:
“There is no doubt our immigration system is in desperate need of repair. And while it is important we reform our process and secure our borders, it is also critical that…”
Rep. Roger Marshall Rep. Roger Marshall R-KS:
“Now, the next step is fixing it, and it’s not going to be a simple process but I’m confident we’re not alone in this. Anyone that has a large ag section of their district…”
Rep. Jeff Denham Rep. Jeff Denham R-CA RAC ACT SPONSOR:
“We have many undocumented young adults in America who were brought here through no fault of their own and know no other country to call home. If these young men and women…”
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R-FL DREAM ACT SPONSOR RAC ACT SPONSOR:
“I’m proud to be joining Carlos on this endeavor that will bring us closer to ensuring that our Dreamers, who were brought to our nation through no fault of their own, and…”
Rep. Mark Amodei Rep. Mark Amodei R-NV RAC ACT SPONSOR:
“I’m sick of defending nothing as it pertains to congressional action on immigration…I’d rather be criticized for attempting to move an issue toward solution than criticizing…”
Rep. Fred Upton Rep. Fred Upton R-MI RAC ACT SPONSOR:
“For these young people, the United States is their home. They’ve been raised in our neighborhoods, attended our schools, and worked in our communities. This legislation …”
Rep. Dave Reichert Rep. Dave Reichert R-WA RAC ACT SPONSOR
“Children who came to the U.S. by no fault of their own and grew up in our country should be permitted to pursue the American dream,” Reichert said. “These individuals are…”
Rep. David Valadao Rep. David Valadao R-CA BRIDGE ACT SPONSOR
“It is clear our immigration system is in desperate need of reform however, executive orders are not legislation, and can easily be reversed, offering little assurance to..”
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto D-NV DREAM ACT SPONSOR
“Astrid’s story is one of thousands of young people across the country: an unwavering hope that the only country they know and call home will allow the future they have….”
Sen. Marco Rubio Sen. Marco Rubio R-FL
“Then there is the human side, and that is, okay, there is no legal right but is there not a humanitarian rationale for perhaps allowing some of the people here legally t..”
Rep. Peter King Rep. Peter King R-NY
“I have said that I hope the Dreamers who obeyed the law, have gone to school and/or served the military get a path to citizenship. ”
Sen. Mitch McConnell Sen. Mitch McConnell R-KY
“What I did say is I’m very sympathetic with this particular situation, with these youngsters who were brought here at an early age and who have largely grown up here. I …”
Rep. Scott Peters Rep. Scott Peters California
“In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, we need to ensure families and communities are not ripped apart. We can’t allow policies fueled by hate and fear to”
Rep. Dan Newhouse Rep. Dan Newhouse R-WA BRIDGE ACT SPONSOR RAC ACT SPONSOR
“From our founding, America has been a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws. Our own communities in Central Washington are a testament to the contributions of immigr… read more
Rep. Pramila Jaypal Rep. Pramila Jaypal D-WA BRIDGE ACT SPONSOR
“It’s our moral responsibility to protect children who were brought here years ago through no fault of their own. Not only because they are our friends, neighbors and lov… read more
Rep. Ken Calvert Rep. Ken Calvert R-CA
“I’ve always been sympathetic to the so-called DREAMers. And I would hope in the process of doing the things that we’re doing on immigration that we can work out a reason… read more
Rep. Chris Collins Rep. Chris Collins R-NY
“I don’t think any of us (I know I’m not) are looking to deport somebody who came here as a 3 year old and they’re now grown, the DACA kids as you say. ”
Rep. Judy Chu Rep. Judy Chu D-CA BRIDGE ACT SPONSOR
“I’m proud to help introduce the BRIDGE Act, which will give temporary protection to Dreamers, those who were brought to the U.S. as children, grew up here, went to schoo… read more
Sen. Kamala Harris Sen. Kamala Harris D-CA BRIDGE ACT SPONSOR DREAM ACT SPONSOR
“Yesterday the BRIDGE Act, which I co-sponsored, was reintroduced in the Senate. The BRIDGE Act would give undocumented youth who were brought to the United States as children…”
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, also suggested Congress should take action to protect Dreamers. “Congress needs to take immediate action to protect #DACA kids.”
These are some reactions from business leaders to Trump Trying To Mess With DACA
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella:
“As I shared at the White House in June, I am a product of two uniquely American attributes: the ingenuity of American technology reaching me where I was growing up, fueling my dreams, and the enlightened immigration policy that allowed me to pursue my dreams,” he wrote. “This is the America that I know and of which I am a proud citizen. This is the America that I love and that my family and I call home. And this is the America that I will always advocate for.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg :
“I stand with the Dreamers — the young people brought to our country by their parents. Many have lived here as long as they can remember. Dreamers have a special love for this country because they can’t take living here for granted. They understand all the opportunities they have and want nothing more than the chance to serve their country and their community. And Dreamers deserve that chance. We need a government that protects Dreamers…”
Photo: Trump megaphone illustration and hands off DACA protesters
Hundreds of major business leaders signed an open letter Thursday night encouraging President Trump to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), and asking Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM act or similar legislation that provides these young people raised in our country the permanent solution they deserve..
Open Letter From Leaders Of American Industry On DACA
“August 31, 2017
To: President Donald J. Trump
To: Speaker Paul Ryan; Leader Nancy Pelosi; Leader Mitch McConnell; and Leader Charles E. Schumer
As entrepreneurs and business leaders, we are concerned about new developments in immigration policy that threaten the future of young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows nearly 800,000 Dreamers the basic opportunity to work and study without the threat of deportation, is in jeopardy. All DACA recipients grew up in America, registered with our government, submitted to extensive background checks, and are diligently giving back to our communities and paying income taxes. More than 97 percent are in school or in the workforce, 5 percent started their own business, 65 percent have purchased a vehicle, and 16 percent have purchased their first home. At least 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies count DACA recipients among their employees.
Unless we act now to preserve the DACA program, all 780,000 hardworking young people will lose their ability to work legally in this country, and every one of them will be at immediate risk of deportation. Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions.
Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy. With them, we grow and create jobs. They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage.
We call on President Trump to preserve the DACA program. We call on Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act or legislation that provides these young people raised in our country the permanent solution they deserve.