What’s the next step for young immigrants protected from deportation under a program that is being phased out by the Trump administration? AP takes a closer look at the program and those affected by its closure. (Sept. 7)
SAN FRANCISCO — In Silicon Valley, the tech dreams of many are now fitful.
Chief executives from Apple, Facebook and Google have assailed the Trump Administration’s plan to end the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for its potentially devastating impact on their workforces and business plans.
The decision threatens to upend the careers of University of California, Berkeley senior Kimberly Schwartz, who is about to begin hers at Apple, and software engineer Felipe Salazar, who has worked at Microsoft and most recently, start-up Doppler Labs.
These are two of the estimated 800,000 young immigrants that face deportation with the end of DACA. Sometimes known as DREAMers, so-called for failed national legislation that would have carved out a path to citizenship for undocumented children, they hail from cities and towns all over the country, work or study in a variety of American institutions. Hundreds, if not thousands, have jobs at the nation’s tech companies, living and breathing examples of the American Dream.
They often came to the U.S. to escape political strife and violence, and some overachieved, gaining college degrees and landing jobs at some of America’s marquee companies. Now, they are confused and uncertain about their future, with DACA seemingly hanging in the balance.
For Schwartz, it was a “bittersweet week.” Just days after she signed a full-time job offer to work on the business side of Apple’s media product division next year, the DACA decision came down on Tuesday.
“This is very distracting,” says Schwartz, a 22-year-old business administration major who interned two summers at Facebook and one at Apple. She’s scheduled to start full-time at Apple in July 2018 but wants to start earlier because her Employment Authorization Document (EAD) expires in October 2018.
Schwartz was 3 in 1998 when her family left the dangerous state of Sinaloa, Mexico. “My parents wanted to get away from the…