The chief executives of more than 100 major U.S. companies and trade organizations sent a letter to congressional leadership Wednesday, urging them to “act immediately to pass a permanent bipartisan legislative solution” to enable beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program to continue “living, working and contributing to our communities.”
According to the CEOs, “The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country. 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 cited “studies by economists across the ideological spectrum” which have purportedly determined that if DACA is allowed to expire, the U.S. economy could lose $215 billion in GDP.
Among those signing the letter were Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Apple’s Tim Cook.
However, Breitbart News reported, “The letter is short of specifics, failing to cite any evidence that the end of DACA would create a ‘crisis’ for American businesses. The total number of DACA workers amounts to less than one-half of one percent of the American workforce, suggesting that the loss of these workers could be easily absorbed.”
The CEOs are seeking action by Jan. 19 — the deadline for approval of a new spending bill — even though DACA does not expire until March 5. Resolving the DACA issue prior to the deadline would allow the Department of Homeland Security time to make any necessary administrative changes without urgency, the CEOs presume in the letter.
“It will take time for the agency to implement any program outlined by Congress, underscoring the absolute urgency of the January 19th deadline,” the letter read.
Corporate America has vocally advocated for the awarding of U.S. citizenship to approximately 700,000 illegal aliens who are DACA beneficiaries, also known as “Dreamers.” Giants from California’s Silicon Valley, including Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, founded a group called FWD.us to pressure lawmakers to act according to their views. This week, they brought approximately 100 DACA recipients to Washington, D.C. to attend congressional meetings and rally for their cause.
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