Hundreds of tech, business leaders call on Trump to preserve DACA

Calling “dreamers” vital to the nation’s future, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and other top executives from more than 350 U.S. companies and organizations are urging President Trump to preserve DACA, the program that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children.

The letter, sent late Thursday, comes after reports that Trump is set to halt the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program established under President Obama five years ago, as soon as Friday. DACA has allowed nearly a million dreamers to work in and contribute to the United States without the fear of deportation.

“Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy,” the letter says. “With them, we grow and create jobs. They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage.”

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If the 780,000 “dreamers” are deported, the business leaders say it would make a big impact: a loss of $460.3 billion from the national GDP, and a loss of $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions, according to estimates from the Center for American Progress.

The business leaders, who also included Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, say dreamers “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.”

Nadella, an immigrant from India, had voiced his thoughts about DACA earlier Thursday.

“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,” Nadella said in a post on LinkedIn. “We care deeply about the DREAMers who work at Microsoft and fully support them. We will always stand for diversity and economic opportunity for everyone.”

Nadella and other tech leaders have led the way among business leaders speaking out against Trump’s actions, including his travel ban on people from mostly Muslim-majority nations and his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. Tech executives were among the first business leaders to speak out — and act to censor neo-Nazis, a controversial move — after a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, and Trump’s reaction to it.

The letter advocating for the retention of DACA is also addressed to top leaders in Congress: House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.

Although he criticized former President Obama over DACA, Ryan said Friday that he doesn’t think Trump should dump the program.

“I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix,” Ryan said during an interview on a radio show in Wisconsin. “These are kids who know no other country, who were brought here by their parents and don’t know another home.”

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg, who expressed his support for DACA in a Facebook post Thursday, agrees.

We’re also calling on Congress to finally pass the Dream Act or another permanent, legislative solution that Dreamers deserve,” he wrote. These young people represent the future of our country and our economy. They are our friends and family, students and young leaders in our communities.

Zuckerberg even engaged in a back-and-forth with some commenters on his post: “Our laws are not supposed to punish you for your parents’ actions. For these Dreamers, the only crime they were a part of was being brought here by their parents,” he wrote.

FWD.us, the immigration lobbying group co-founded by  Zuckerberg, organized the effort to get the business leaders to come together to try to get Trump to change his mind.

Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, this summer donated millions to help dreamers pay for college.

 

Photo: A woman holds up a sign in support of the Obama administration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, during an immigration reform rally at the White House in Washington on Aug. 15, 2017. After months of delays, President Donald Trump is expected to decide soon on the fate of “dreamers” who were brought into the country illegally as children as he faces a looming court deadline. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

 

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  • hoapres

    Reality check for tech leaders. America is behind Trump on immigration.

  • hoapres

    Most of so called tech is in California. California is so out of tune with the rest of the United States that it should just become an independent country.

    • JoeCommentor

      Like those confederate states…

      • hoapres

        Reality check.

        California really is out of whack, step, etc. with regards to the rest of the country.

        Like I say many times, all I have to do is send pictures of Silicon Valley with 5+ story apartment buildings to the rest of the country getting an almost universal reaction “No Way, Jose are we going to allow that to happen here”

        Somebody actually had to vote for Trump, after all he did WIN the election.

        • Mark

          Ummm what’s wrong with 5+ story apartment buildings? Much better than the shantytowns of San Jose, that’s for sure.

  • hoapres

    Sorry, Mark, Tim, etc. but you don’t get to trash America to make a buck.

    You show pictures of Silicon Valley to the rest of America and they all start running to the hills looking for guns to make sure that doesn’t happen in their neighborhood.

    OK

    That is a little bit extreme and not to be taken in the literal sense but it is time for the Trump brigade to enforce Americanism on Silicon Valley whether the tech industry likes it or not.

  • JoeCommentor

    ‘Labor supports child trafficking’. What a headline.

    • hoapres

      Let’s just call out the Trump brigade and deport illegals.

      Oh that’s right, we have a President that is ACTUALLY deporting illegals.

      • JoeCommentor

        Simple enough to allow a bounty for citizens to call ICE.

        • hoapres

          Even better is to start seizing businesses that hire illegals. You won’t have illegals or h1bs either if they aren’t getting jobs.

  • JAMA

    Its not surprising that they support daca because of consumer spending. Whats interesting is that while qouting the amount of social security and medicare contibutions that would be lost, they dont quantify the many other costs to taxpayers for illegal immigrants. I also find it hypocritical when dems and rinos position themselves as being compassionate when in truth (and this article shows it) that they like having an undderclass that commands lower wages. Its good for their bottom line. They are anti slavery in word alone. Their deeds speak much more loudly.

    • hoapres

      I guess Zuckerberg, et al. should be happy I am not in charge. The illegals and even the h1bs would be going back home.

  • Thefab4
    • hoapres

      It’s time for Americans to be allowed to have the right to carry firearms in public.

  • hoapres

    Don’t kid yourself. These tech leaders want to take YOUR rights to own firearms away as well.

  • hoapres

    I have been banned by the SJMN on their main web site and quite frankly I am surprised that I am not banned here as well.

    • Camaro Craig

      Said something anti-SJW did ya?

      • hoapres

        Not sure. Actually, it is just sheer luck that I even decided to try posting here in the first place.

        Even more surprising, was that the post got through.

        Even more amazing is that I am still HERE after calling SJMN on the fact that I have been banned on their main website.

  • hoapres

    Take a good look at the (future) slum and/or 3rd world cesspool called Silicon Valley.

    That’s what Zuckerberg, et al. want to do to the entire US.

    Sorry, bud, that isn’t going to fly very well.

  • Walking Fool

    They’re not criminals, but they are illegal aliens, so they need to be deported back home.

    • hoapres

      On a personal level, I understand the illegal coming over because it is the vast majority of cases an ECONOMIC choice being better than what he has in his own country.

      I get it.

      Solution. Seize businesses that hire illegals along with making h1bs illegal as well.

      I just created MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of jobs for AMERICANS.

      You can say Thank You.

      • Walking Fool

        Thank you.

        • hoapres

          Your welcome.

          It is amazing what is so simple becomes complicated.

          Wait, that is only for liberals. The rest of us know better.

  • hoapres

    Just send the link http://www.fwd.us to the Trump brigade and that will be the end of it.

  • hoapres

    I have a DREAM.

    An America with Americans working.

    That’s my and others dream.

    That’s why Trump won.

    Sorry, Zuckerberg but your dream isn’t our dream.

    • Scott Jenner

      Zuckerberg and Schmidt are CIA funded scumbags and the CIA, Soros are behind mass immigration and H1b destruction of American engineers.

      • hoapres

        Which is why the elites are REALLY AFRAID of a 2nd Amendment solution.

  • omegatalon

    You live by the pen and you die by the pen; this is what happens when a President tries to Govern using Executive Orders and not working with Congress, Obama ruled like a Dictator by drafting new laws himself and now everything Obama put into place is being unraveled by Donald Trump who has every authority to do so.

    • hoapres

      What goes around comes around.

      The Democrats pretty much gutted the filibuster rule and Trump is right that we should just get rid of it all together.

  • emyzne

    We simply can’t get rid of dreamers. Who else is going to clean my toilet for $6/hr?

    -M. Zuckerberg

    • hoapres

      Get rid of h1bs and OPTs working for peanuts and we might just have to hire and pay Americans a decent wage to write the software.

      Sorry, Zuckerberg

      You want palatial estates in Hawaii but have your wage slaves live 12+ in a 1BR apartment.

      Some of us aren’t going to like that idea.

  • hoapres

    The Trump brigade came down to Facebook, Apple, Google, etc. headquarters rounding up all the h1bs and shipping them home.

    Yes, it is only a dream

    BUT

    I like MY dream a LOT BETTER than the dream these tech moguls have for America.

    • Scott Jenner

      we can dream at least!

      • hoapres

        You are likely to be banned by the SJMN.

        • Scott Jenner

          not surprised all the major push toward censorship by the globalist elite scum.

  • Yes, Dreamers are vital…….to the future of the Democrat Party. The vast majority of Americans won’t be voting Democrat for decades, so the liberal’s only choice is to refill their cesspool with the illegal vote.

    • hoapres

      Not true. Trump didn’t win the election by the popular vote but by the electoral college. Trump’s biggest problem at the moment is ironically the Republican and not the Democratic party.

      • Right, you would have won in the 10th inning if they only changed the rules of baseball. Nice try.

        • hoapres

          You play the game with the rules you have. Granted I think Trump would have had a hard time had the election been decided with the popular vote, the point is that a different campaign would have been fought. You win the Presidency by the electoral college vote and not the popular vote, so that has you plan the campaign.

          • Scott Jenner

            I voted for Trump because there was no way in Hades that I was going to vote for a hardcore communist like Bernie Sanders nor for a war criminal lying psychopath like Clinton. Trump was the ONLY one who voiced support for the American worker and middle class.

    • Minority

      You do know that the GOP party is dying right? If not for gerrymandering, Trumpette would not have won.

      But you can go ahead and ignore that fact

      • hoapres

        Obama has been the best thing for the Republican party.

        Trump simply won because he played the game to win. He just played by the rules that existed. Whether he would have won by a different set of rules is another issue all together.

      • Right, that must be the reason that the GOP owns the house, senate, presidency, and SCOTUS, never mind they’ve won every significant special election since Trump came to office. Maybe you are the “dreamer”?….

        • hoapres

          BINGO

          Although it appears that Trump and the Republican party has some issues that need to work out.

          • stevetrujillo

            again, LOL !!! they are the most dysfunctional party since the Whigs in the 1840’s.

          • hoapres

            Like I said before, Obama was the best thing for the Republican Party.

    • Scott Jenner

      and follow the money trail of Wall Street and global tech elites are both major donors of the Democratic party. They are pushing for open borders, slave wages and global enslavement. Trump wants to change this for Americans to live well again but both sides of Congress are corrupt and refuse to work with the man.

  • Minority

    All those Dreamers are taking spots in schools that are causing our own citizens to not be able to get in or the schools to divert funding to ensure they get special education

    End of discussion

  • Captain Obvious

    Mark Zuckerberg wants open borders while he lives safe in a gated community with 24 hour security. He bought 4 houses surrounding his Atherton home because he didn’t want neighbors, now he builds a wall around his Hawaiian home because he wants his privacy. The hypocrisy is jaw dropping.

    • hoapres

      The crud hits the fan when a frustrated unemployed American due to h1b infestation walks into a tech CEO using his 2nd Amendment rights to do something shall we say nasty.

      Now, no one wants that to happen but the only reason we got immigration laws passed in 1921 was the rich in this country were afraid that what was going on in Russia was going to happen in the United States.

      • Captain Obvious

        They were right. The illegal immigrants did not adapt well into American society but also threatened its very existence.

        • hoapres

          I think my prior post or something similar to it was the reason I got banned from the SJMN main website.

          It hasn’t stopped me from posting it here.

          • stevetrujillo

            and you are still ignorant.

          • hoapres

            Well

            Who WON the election ?

      • Scott Jenner

        only will things change when many tech CEOs and H1bs get murdered in a series of high profile mass murders by unemployed American engineers who cannot find work. Maybe then the scumbags in Congress will get a clue?

        • hoapres

          I mentionted that possibility on the SJMN website and was banned.

          Don’t be surprised if you share the same fate.

          • hoapres

            Tough Luck Mercury News so I am going to put it the deleted post out here again.

            The deleted post basically came right out and said that nothing is likely to change until someone gets physically hurt.

            That isn’t the same thing as saying go out and hurt someone.

            No one in his right mind wants to see anybody hurt but you aren’t likely to get immigration reform until the possibility of getting hurt is real.

            Zuckerberg isn’t spending millions on security for nothing. He really is (maybe not too) concerned about some frustrated American who believes that he can’t get a job because of foreign labor.

            Now if those unpleasant facts of life are something you don’t want to hear then tough luck.

          • hoapres

            Sorry Mercury News but I am going to put it out again whether you like it or not.

            The deleted post was simply stating a very realistic possibility that some frustrated American who can’t find a job loses it and takes out a high tech exec.

            Now clearly no at least rational person wants that to happen but the simple fact of the matter are that the only reason we got any immigration reform back in the 1920s in the first place was that the rich were concerned about their physical safety.

            I hope it doesn’t happen but I suspect that it is quite possible that a high tech exec does get taken out by a frustrated American laid off tech worker that can’t find a job.

          • Scott Jenner

            it will take a major event that changes things. What we need hoapres is a MILLION MAN march on Washington to end H1b NOW.

  • Bob Williams

    Figures. Self-serving tech leaders want more US customers or users of their products; and don’t care about the concept of holding people accountable for willfully violating US immigration laws as adults.

  • hoapres

    Within a decade, SJMN will be supporting CalExit.

  • hoapres

    OK guys.

    How long will it take for me to be banned here ??

    I am surprised that event hasn’t arrived yet.

  • hoapres

    Wait until the tech bubble bursts …

    • Scott Jenner

      good maybe those worthless H1b will be sent packing back home we can only hope!

    • Mark

      DACA recipients rarely work in the tech sector. I’d gladly support the preservation of DACA if the ‘compromise’ was the complete cancellation of the H-1B and OPT visa programs.

  • hoapres

    Didn’t we try this in 1986, being an amnesty. So 30 years later we want to try it again and in 2048 we will do it again.

    Sorry, The Trump brigade has other ideas.

    • stevetrujillo

      shriking brigade of snowlakes in a dumpster fire!

      • hoapres

        Sure doesn’t look that way.

        Trump has got more support than ever before.

        • stevetrujillo

          his Phoenix rally was a failure. 2000 showed up; many thousands outside.
          he fired his publicist. he stands at 34% approval. and you live in a coma, self -induced.

          • hoapres

            He still has more support than ever before.

  • hoapres

    100s of tech leaders bent on trashing America

    V.

    Millions and Millions of America bent on preserving America.

    That’s what it is all about.

  • stevetrujillo

    opinion surveys reveal strog support for DACA. the racists below do not. they dont reflect American values.

    • hoapres

      Another one of those calling people that support kicking out illegals as racists.

      Reality check, If there was that much support for DACA then why is Trump President in the first place ?

      • stevetrujillo

        ask Bob Mueller that question !!! LOL!!!

        • hoapres

          Who cares ??

          Right now, Trump is running the show.

  • hoapres

    The national nightmare known as Obama has come to an end.

    • stevetrujillo

      the national nightmare known as Trumpism is now a dumpster fire. the White House is a temp agency, and his adisors contradict him constantly.
      Obama was the answer to the Bush nightmare. and we were much better off.

      • hoapres

        Not until at least 2018.

        Obama was an unmitigated disaster and while he could talk the talk couldn’t walk the walk.

        Trump can.

  • hoapres

    Obama: Talked the talk but couldn’t walk the walk.

    Trump: Talked the talk and walked the walk.

    • Captain Obvious

      MAGA!

      • hoapres

        What irritates me with these so called liberals is that no matter what you give them they want more.

        Reagan tried working with these folks and the country is a heck lot WORSE off.

        I thought we had something like immigration reform in 1986 with the then current illegals being grandfathered in along with (didn’t happen) strict immigration reform which never came about.

        So we are revisiting this problem 30 years later.

        Conservatism (which not many Republicans believe in) and liberalism are simply incompatible and the sooner true conservatives figure that out the better off America will be.

        • Scott Jenner

          Switzerland is smart at least they have immigration controls in place. Same with New Zealand. In fact, New Zealand is kicking out H1bs.

        • Scott Jenner

          that is because these liberals are brain dead from the pot they smoked unfortunately the run the show now

  • hoapres

    Trump is just rescinding an Obama executive order.

  • Mark

    How about DACA is preserved, but H-1B and OPT are cancelled, and its holders deported.

    I’d consider that to be a fair deal.

    The Mexican DREAMers are far less of a problem and risk to the economy and national security than H-1B and OPT recipients.

    • hoapres

      We tried something similar in 1986. The deal was an amnesty with the current illegals being grandfathered in.

      That didn’t work out very well.

      So here we are 30 years later looking at an even worse problem.

      • Mark

        Well H-1B is causing an enormous problem too. Most of them drop a kid or two, with US citizenship, when they’re in the country on their ‘temporary’ guest worker visas. Basically causing the same problem as the DREAMers are facing.

        • hoapres

          The other one was letting spouses of h1bs work without counting their numbers as part of the h1b cap.

          • Mark

            Yup, spouses that would invariably end up working at the same tech firms. Meanwhile the same tech firms probably would never entertain the whole concept of hiring American husband and wives for STEM jobs, unless they both independently applied for jobs, passed all the interviews, etc.

            In the past, before all this immigration abuse started, tech firms would routinely find jobs, whether in their company, or outside of such, for high-value STEM worker spouses. Today the whole concept is basically foreign for American workers, the employers literally telling candidates, “its not our job to find your wife a job”.

          • hoapres

            I am surprised that I am not banned here yet. SJMN doesn’t like being told that sooner or later a frustrated unemployed American tech worker is likely to lose it and try to take out a tech exec.

          • Mark

            Carly Fiorina (and presumably most tech execs these days) travel with armed security guards even within their own companies apparently.

          • hoapres

            They sure do.

          • Scott Jenner

            double whammy to screw the American worker and destroy the American middle class. It is genocide.

 
 
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