Udall Highlights Urgent Need to Protect Dreamers

It is hard to imagine being one of the 800,000 people who were brought here as children by their immigrant parents.

Big business is putting more pressure on Congress to protect America's Dreamers.

The letter, dated January 10, asked that lawmakers pass a bill to support the so-called Dreamers, months after President Trump's administration announced DACA's would be history within six months.

"In addition to causing a tremendous upheaval in the lives of DACA employees, failure to act in time will lead to businesses losing valuable talent, cause disruptions in the workforce, and will result in significant costs", the letter reads. But CEOs from IBM, Dropbox, Microsoft and many more are asking Congress to pass a permanent piece of legislation before the end of next week to allow so-called Dreamers to continue living in the United States, so long as they are now living, working, and contributing to their communities.

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act would serve as a permanent solution for those who now qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), including the 42,000 DACA recipients in NY whose status is at risk.


The CEOs have settled upon this day as they maintain that doing so will give the government some time to implement a new program before DACA's expiration date.

A group marches in Minneapolis last week against President Trump's decision to end DACA.

The letter claims that allowing the program to expire could cost the U.S. economy $215 billion. It is set to publish in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as a full-page ad on Thursday. He has also urged Congress to act on the matter before the program officially ends.

Tech companies have been among the most vocal supporters of Dreamers since the Trump administration announced in September that it plans to end DACA. Republicans in Washington, including the president, have expressed support for a narrow solution for Dreamers.

There have been several versions of the DREAM Act, and Democrats will push for the most expansive iteration and pretend it is identical to a legislative fix for DACA.

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