More than twenty companies in technology and other sectors are mulling launching an alliance to demand a law that would let young, undocumented immigrants gain permanent residency. This was reportedly seen by Reuters in documents.
To be under the umbrella, the Coalition for the American Dream, it expects to ask Congress to pass a bipartisan law in 2017 that would allow these immigrants, who are also referred to as ‘Dreamers,’ to continue working in America, according to the documents.
Included in this coalition as members are Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Uber and other such top US companies.
Although Uber, Univision Communications and Intel acknowledged their membership, there was no comment from the other companies.
Will Moss, an Intel spokesman, was quoted by Reuters as stating that they were happy to join other companies to urge Congress to enact legislation to safeguard Dreamers.
Matthew Wing, an Uber spokesman, said that their company had joined the Coalition for the American Dream as they were for the protection of the rights of the Dreamers. They have reportedly held town halls, launched online a Dreamer Resource Center for their drivers and provided legal support.
This group is urging for legislation after Donald Trump’s decision in September to allow the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program to lapse from March.
Around 800 companies were signatories to a letter to Congressional leaders following Trump’s decision, pushing for legislation to protect Dreamers. Heading that effort was a pro-immigration reform group, known as FWD.us, which was co-founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Chief Executive, in 2013.
Most of the companies that supported that letter are said to be joining the new coalition. The group is planning to publish ads in news publications, which is subject to change, an email seen by Reuters in October second week said.
It added that Dreamers were part of American society, support its economy and defend their nation.
According to a signup form for the group, DACA recipients are employed by 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies.
Todd Schulte, president of FWD.us, in an interview on 19 October, was quoted as saying that none of the politicians want to go home for the holidays and read tales on
how this is going to be the last holiday of DACA recipients in the US. He, however, refused to comment on the new coalition.
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