Leading silicon valley CEOs and business leaders including Apple CEO Tim Cook signed an open letter meant for President Donald J Trump, asking him to protect DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). DACA was set in place to help minors and children who enter the U.S. illegally. They are offered a legal work permit, thus saving them from being deported. Children who come under DACA are often referred to as the “Dreamers”.
The open letter was signed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and Emerson Collective President Laurene Powell Jobs, along with several other industry executives. The open letter was signed fearing a change in policy which could gravely impact the lives of the nearly 800,000 “dreamers” who are currently residing in the U.S.
It is speculated that Trump will announce a revised DACA reform, which would reject work permits to any new young immigrants and stop renewing existing work permits after they expire. Naturally, this would affect a wide range of immigrants in the country, and has hence brought Silicon Valley together to help change the President’s mind.
Here’s an excerpt from the letter jointly signed by top executives:
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.