Tech Companies want Dreamers

October 20 2017


Large scale companies such as Google, Microsoft Corp, Facebook Inc, Intel Corp, Uber Technologies Inc, IBM Corp, Marriott International Inc, and others are joining forces. They are calling for allowing young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency. A speaker for intel, Will Moss, expressed,  “We’re pleased to join with other organizations in urging Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers.”  This comes after President Trump ended, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  That program, created by  former President Barack Obama in 2012, allowed children who came to the United States with their parents  before age 16 to be able to obtain work permits.

This assisted around 900,000 immigrants. Recently, 800 companies signed a letter to Congressional leaders after Trump’s decision, requesting  for legislation to protect Dreamers.A survey for the group of companies indicated that 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies do employ DACA recipients. The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UCLA found that, “84 percent of immigrants with DACA were employed compared to 68 percent of their unauthorized peers, and that DACA recipients earned 20 percent more than similar immigrants without DACA.”  There are four legislations that are yet to be decided.  Congress’s decision regarding the next steps after DACA remains pending.  For now, the USCIS has indicated that a DACA  renewal application received  after September 5, 2017, will only be accepted or processed if the person’s DACA expiration date is on or before March 6, 2018.


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