Google, Facebook and others to push for ‘Dreamers’ bill: report

Google and Facebook are among the almost two dozen companies reportedly teaming up to lobby Congress to protect “Dreamers” with legislation.

Reuters says it has seen documents related to the companies’ plan to launch The Coalition for the American Dream to try to get Congress to pass legislation this year to keep about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country when they were young from being deported.

The two tech giants’ participation in such an effort is no surprise considering their public stance against the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act, which was established under President Obama and allowed the immigrants to work in the United States without fear of being deported. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai were among the hundreds of signatories last month on a letter urging President Trump to preserve DACA. (Trump said in September he will let it expire in March; he tweeted that Congress should legalize it if they want.)

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But the news of the tech giants’ involvement comes on the heels of a revelation that flies in the face of Facebook and Google’s public advocacy for immigrants, refugees and others. Their ad teams helped a right-wing advertiser with an anti-immigrant and anti-refugee ad campaign in swing states during the presidential race.

That, along with the discovery of Russian-linked ads and fake news on Facebook and Google, adds to growing signs that the tech giants’ tools and platforms were instrumental in the outcome of the 2016 election.

Facebook and Google have not yet returned a request for comment Friday about the coalition launch.

Other companies involved: Intel and Uber confirmed their participation to Reuters. Microsoft, Marriott and Univision also are taking part, according to the report.

When reached for comment by SiliconBeat, an Intel spokesman said he couldn’t share more details at this time.

According to Reuters’ report, the new coalition includes some of the companies that last month signed a letter to Congressional leaders, asking them to pass the Dream Act. That effort was led by FWD.us, the immigration lobbying group started by Zuckerberg and others.

FWD.us has not returned a request for comment about whether it’s leading this new coalition.

 

Photos: Left (AP) and right (AFP/Getty Images)

 

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