Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg among 100+ CEOs pushing Congress to keep DACA program

Full-page ads in national newspapers are not uncommon. But there is something uncommon about the one that’s going to run Thursday morning.

That ad will be in the form of an open letter that the chief executives of more than 100 companies and trade groups have also sent to the leaders of Congress with the goal of extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. The program is currently set to expire on March 5.

However, the CEOs are asking Congress to vote on extending the DACA program by Jan. 19. That date is looming as it could be the start of a shutdown of the federal government. The CEOs want Congress to act on the matter soon so that the Department of Homeland Security has time to work out any necessary administrative changes with the program before March.

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DACA is the federal program that protects the status of about 700,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.

Among Bay Area CEOs, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Cisco Systems CEO Chuck Robbins and Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff have put their signatures on the letter. The CEOs argue that allowing DACA to expire could result in a negative impact of $215 billion on the U.S. economy.

The Trump administration has been moving to end the DACA program since October.

Photo: Demonstrators urging the Democratic Party to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) rally outside the office of California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in Los Angeles Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. More than 100 chief executives of American companies and trade organizations have sent a letter to Congress urging for quick action to keep the DACA program intact before a possible government shutdown on Jan. 19. (Reed Saxon/AP)


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  • omegatalon

    Wall equals DACA; fund the construction of the wall and then legalize DACA.

  • alrui

    How bow we keep the libtards (Zuck/Cook, etc) out of anything political as they themselve are “dreamers” – they dream of a socialist society!