Tech companies form coalition to support American immigrant 'dreamers'

Tech companies form coalition to support American immigrant 'dreamers'

Tech companies form coalition to support American immigrant 'dreamers'

The young immigrants are known as Dreamers, and their previously solid future in the country has been shaken following U.S. president Donald Trump's decision in September 2017 to end DACA.

The coalition will consist of numerous biggest names in the tech industry, including Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Facebook Inc., Intel Corp. and Uber Technologies Inc.

"We're pleased to join with other organizations in urging Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers", an Intel spokesman added in a statement.

This Obama-era executive action allowed "Dreamers", undocumented immigrants who arrived as minors, to register with the government and legally study or work without fear of deportation. "We've also held town halls, provided legal support and launched an online Dreamer Resource Center for any of our drivers". He has left the fate of DACA up to Congress. DACA, established by Obama in 2012, permits 900,000 illegal immigrants to acquire work permits.

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Some 800 companies signed a letter to Congressional leaders after Trump's decision, calling for legislation protecting Dreamers.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg called the it "particularly cruel".

The new coalition will involve numerous firms that signed the September letter.

"Dreamers are part of our society, defend our country, and support our economy", said one of the coalition documents, which is being shared by the group to recruit additional companies.

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The actual outcome regarding the retention of DACA has been left for congress to decide, with action likely in December as a congressional spending bill must be passed to keep the United States government open.

According to the report, the coalition sign-up form stated that more than 70 percent of the top Fortune 500 companies employs so-called Dreamers, many of whom are Latino. It is already expected to become a bargaining chip for Democrats against the possibility of a government shutdown in December.

Microsoft President Brad Smith has been particularly outspoken about DACA's expiration, saying that the Trump administration is "going to have to go through us" before deporting any of the Microsoft employees protected by the program. He concluded, "You will see this continue to escalate until the end of the year".

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