Big business is putting more pressure on Congress to protect America's Dreamers.
They said that not only would the termination cause "a tremendous upheaval in the lives of DACA employees", but that not passing legislation in a prompt manner "will lead to businesses losing valuable talent, cause disruptions in the workforce and will result in significant costs".
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. Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and Sundar Pichai are among the executives who want Congress to pass legislation ensuring that Dreamers, or undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children and were granted approval by the program, can continue to live and work in the country without risk of deportation.
Kevin Lamarque / Reuters Demonstrators protest in front of the White House after the Trump administration scrapped DACA on September 5, 2017.
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. It is set to publish in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as a full-page ad on Thursday. The CEOs cited a study that determined ending the DACA program could result in a $215 billion decrease in the nation's gross domestic product. Silicon Valley executives were among the most vocal opponents of the White House's decision to end the program, often citing a CATO Institute study that found that ending DACA could cost the USA economy $215 billion.
The letter comes after a judge temporarily blocked the decision to end the DACA program, which has protected around 800,000 people who were brought to the US. How many more stories must be shared or advocates join the fight? While a recent version of the DREAM Act was projected to cover more than 2 million illegal immigrants, DACA only affects around 750,000.
"It is critical that Congress act to pass legislation before January 19th", the executives wrote in the letter.