President Donald Trump has decided he will, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program that offers undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a chance to work and study without fear of deportation. And the tech industry is not pleased.
Despite DACA’s popularity — since its inception in 2012, about 800,000 people have signed up — a group of state attorneys general threatened to challenge the program if Trump didn’t rescind it by Sept. 5. On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the administration’s plans to end it over a six-month period.
Now tech industry leaders are joining members of Congress in criticizing Mr. Trump’s decision.
Tech CEOs have been increasingly flexing their political muscle in recent years, speaking out on everything from gay rights to early childhood vaccinations. Since Mr. Trump was sworn in as president on Jan. 20, many have been speaking out against him.
First, they opposed his controversial travel ban, and again when it was revised. They also blasted the Trump administration’s ban on transgender troops, announced in July. And a number of tech CEOs resigned from presidential advisory councils over Trump’s handling of the rally of white supremacists, klansmen and Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Now tech executives are banding together again to speak out for “Dreamers.” Here’s what they had to say:
A collection of tech’s biggest names, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Uber CTO Thuan Pham and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and more than 300 others, signed a group letter to Trump, as well as leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
As entrepreneurs and business leaders, we are concerned about new developments in immigration policy that threaten the future of young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows nearly 800,000 Dreamers the basic opportunity to work and study without the threat of deportation, is in jeopardy. All DACA recipients grew up in America, registered with our government, submitted to extensive background checks, and are diligently giving back to our communities and paying income taxes. More than 97 percent are in school or in the workforce, 5 percent started their own business, 65 percent have purchased a vehicle, and 16 percent have purchased their first home. At least 72 percent of…