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USA: Businesses speak out against White House repeal of the DACA programme

The Trump administration has formally announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, which had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation and provided them the right to work legally. US Congress has until March 2018 to pass legislation similar to DACA before some of the young adults who qualified for the programme will become eligible for deportation. Hundreds of business leaders co-signed a letter in advance of the decision calling on the administration to preserve the DACA programme and on US Congress to pass the DREAM Act. [refers to Airbnb, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Berkshire Hathaway, Exelon Corporation, Facebook, General Motors, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Hilton, IBM, Kaiser Permanente, Lyft, Marriott, Microsoft, Netflix, Slack, Twitter, Uber, United Continental, Verizon, Walt Disney, Wells Fargo]   

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22 November 2017

USA: California businesses call on congress to pass DACA legislation; ending the program will result in significant financial loss

Author: Tatiana Sanchez, The Mercury News (USA)

"California business leaders call on Congress to pass Dreamer legislation", 21 November

A bipartisan coalition of California business leaders said Tuesday that hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars are at stake if Congress fails to pass legislation salvaging DACA...“Uncertainty is hard on both the employee and the employer,” said... president and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Of the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients across the country...about 230,000...live in California...The business leaders who urged Congress to act Tuesday are members of the Regional Economic Association Leaders (R.E.A.L.) Coalition of California. The association represents 20 member organizations and up to 15,000 employers who collectively provide up to 3.9 million California jobs...[E]nding the DACA program would cause businesses to lose bright, dedicated employees who only know the United States as their home, which would ultimately result in a significant financial loss...About 57 out of every 100 jobs in Silicon Valley requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher are filled by someone who wasn’t born in the U.S..."We have already invested in these young people by educating them in our schools, and they are now a vital part of our workforce, contributing to our economic growth and our society".

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30 October 2017

DACA repeal will affect 6 million unfilled job openings in US; process calls for a humanitarian response

Author: Mara E. Swan, The Hill

"DACA is about more than just compassion", 30 October

Nearly 800,000 young people who qualify for DACA by being brought to the United States by parents and guardians without documentation now rely on Congressional action. That clearly raises an issue of compassion necessitating a humanitarian response to address the needs of these individuals, many of whom serve as valued employees of our nation’s largest companies...[T]here are 6 million unfilled job openings in the U.S...Many companies continue to experience difficulty finding sufficient workers to fill both lesser-skilled positions and high-skilled ones...On the national scale, foreign-born workers increase U.S. GDP... curtailing immigration would make GDP growth more difficult...[E]mployers who [rely] on the visa for...workers were vocal about its importance... "I'm always going to hire American first. I'm always going to hire someone locally first. We're not using this program because it's easy...It's very difficult and expensive, but we're using it because we have no other options."...[T]he United States’s attitude toward foreign workers has created opportunities for them to compete against American businesses. Foreign governments are facilitating the inclusion of foreign-born workers as the United States places higher scrutiny on its foreign worker programs.

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26 October 2017

Businesses fight to keep "Dreamers" in USA; claim deportation would affect families & economy

Author: Courtney Weaver, Financial Times (USA)

"Scores of businesses fight to keep "Dreamer' immigrants in US", 26 Oct 2017

Dozens of the world’s biggest multinationals and tech companies have launched a fight to help keep “Dreamers” in the US...“Without an immediate, permanent, legislative solution, roughly 800,000 Dreamers who are working, going to school, and serving in our nation’s military will lose their ability to work and study legally,”...The immigrants “will be forced from their jobs, and will be subject to immediate deportation from the country they grew up in”...According to FWD.US, a pro-immigration reform group co-founded by Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, close to three-quarters of the 25 largest Fortune 500 companies employ DACA beneficiaries...Ms Ibarra-Frayre said she and other Dreamers were heads of their households, managing family finances because many of their undocumented parents could not. “My parents’ house is under my name. What would that mean?” she asked.

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25 October 2017

DACA entrepreneurs fear effect of repeal on immigrant-owned businesses

Author: Reema Khrais, Marketplace (USA)

"For two DACA entrepreneurs, it may be the end of business as usual", 25 Oct 2017

As teenagers in high school, Luis Tinoco and Dulce Garcia rolled in different circles... Garcia, whob [became] a lawyer, runs her own firm and specializes in immigration law. She has around 50 clients, and her degrees, along with an American flag, decorate the walls of her offices. Just a few blocks away is Tinoco's auto body shop. He's been in business for himself for a decade. Between them, these two entrepreneurs, part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program [DACA], employ six people... About 5 percent of DACA recipients have started their own businesses since enrolling in the program...If the program isn’t saved...Garcia said her practice would likely collapse...“I wouldn't be able to walk into an ICE office to check in a client,” she said. “I wouldn't be able to walk into immigration court, because my opponent would be ready to issue a notice to appear for me.”...In the meantime, Garcia is putting her legal training to work — for herself. She and five other DACA recipients filed suit against the Trump administration last month.

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4 October 2017

Commentary: DACA repeal will affect businesses & create "humanitarian crisis"

Author: Steven Choi & Kathryn Wylde, Crain's New York

"Kicking out 'Dreamers' is bad for America and for business" 4 October

Since the Trump administration announced earlier this month that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, there's been an outpouring of sympathy for the 800,000 young people who would be directly affected...There are at least 42,000...New Yorkers, around 10,000 of whom will be eligible for an extension if they file by an Oct. 5 deadline. The rest are facing the terrifying reality of being deported back to a country they don't call home...This is a humanitarian crisis...It is estimated that the forced firing of all the young people working on DACA permits could cost the U.S. economy upwards of $460 billion...The Cato Institute estimates that should the federal government force the firing of all DACA recipients, the turnover cost to employers would be $6.3 billion nationwide...Some 91% of DACA permit holders are employed and earn an average annual salary of $36,000, while 44% are earning a degree, 17% are pursuing a masters and 5% have started their own business...At least 72% of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies employ DACA workers. Advocacy groups and employers are united in support of the Dream Act as a first step toward comprehensive reform...

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6 September 2017

Tech leaders respond as the Trump administration announces plans to end DACA

Author: Brian Heater, TechCrunch

The tech community hasn’t minced words since the president announced that he was strongly considering ending the Obama era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy last week... In spite of pushback from prominent business people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirm[ed] plans to end the policy... Tech’s top names are continuing to speak out... Airbnb's cofounders offered the following statement to TechCrunch. “We founded Airbnb based on the idea that our lives and our world are better when we accept each other. Those aren’t just economic or business values. Those are the values America has been and should be all about.”... Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted, "250 of my Apple coworkers are #Dreamers. I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values." [In a letter to staff ] Cook added, “we issue an urgent plea for our leaders in Washington to protect the Dreamers so their futures can never be put at risk in this way again.”... Lyft co-founder John Zimmer... [tweeted] "Dreamers add to our communities and economy. Ending DACA is wrong - we now must work together to ask congress to act."

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6 September 2017

Why Ending DACA Will Hurt the U.S. Economy

Author: Kaitlyn D'Onofrio, DiversityInc

President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, will have negative consequences on the United States economy, according to experts and leaders in the business community... Deporting American residents who entered the country illegally as children could cost the U.S. economy about $280 billion, according to a study by the CATO Institute published in January. “Many Americans believe that the presence of unauthorized immigrants is harmful to the economy and would like to see steps taken to reduce their presence,” wrote economist Ike Brannon, a co-author of the study. “However, a repeal or roll-back of DACA would harm the economy and cost the U.S. government a significant amount of lost tax revenue.”... More than 400 business leaders... signed a letter to President Trump ahead of his decision arguing that in addition to humanitarian reasons, DACA recipients play an important role in the U.S. economy... [In a statement] General Motors said it “stands with the Dreamers we employ and the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers employed by multiple companies across the U.S. Protecting American companies’ access to talented workers from outside of the U.S. is an important component for our global competitiveness and our success in the U.S.”... U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley... call[ed] the decision “contrary to fundamental American principles and the best interests of our country... With approximately 700,000 DACA recipients working for all sorts of businesses across the country, terminating their employment eligibility runs contrary to the president’s goal of growing the U.S. economy."... Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, resigned from Trump’s Diversity Council over the DACA decision.

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5 September 2017

Here are the tech companies speaking out against a DACA repeal

Author: Verge staff, The Verge

In response to the announcement that the Trump administration will be shutting down the Obama-era “Dreamers” immigration program, Silicon Valley companies are speaking out... Hundreds of tech leaders co-signed a letter [before the decision] titled “Leaders of American Industry on DACA" [stating], "... Unless we act now to preserve the DACA program, all 780,000 hardworking young people will lose their ability to work legally in this country, and every one of them will be at immediate risk of deportation. Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions. Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy. With them, we grow and create jobs. They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage. We call on President Trump to preserve the DACA program. We call on Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act."... [Facebook CEO] Mark Zuckerberg [wrote], "We need a government that protects Dreamers. Today I join business leaders across the country in calling on our President to keep the DACA program in place and protect Dreamers from fear of deportation. We're also calling on Congress to finally pass the Dream Act or another permanent, legislative solution that Dreamers deserve."... [Microsoft] CEO Satya Nadella posted, "For Microsoft, the first step is clear. The administration has given Congress six months to replace DACA with new legislation. We believe this means that Congress now needs to reprioritize the fall legislative calendar and move quickly with new legislation to protect these 800,000 Dreamers. This means that Congress should adopt legislation on DACA before it tries to adopt a tax reform bill. This is the only way, given the number of legislative days Congress has scheduled over the next six months, we realistically can expect Congress to complete DACA legislation in time...[Microsoft] will work as needed with other companies and the broader business community to vigorously defend the legal rights of all Dreamers.”

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3 September 2017

Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, Mary Barra among more than 300 business titans who implored Trump to preserve DACA, the Obama-era policy protecting immigrants

Author: Bryan Logan, Business Insider

Hundreds of business titans are joining forces to urge President Donald Trump to maintain protections for immigrants who are covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program... Executives from General Motors, Apple, Berkshire Hathaway, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and many other companies echoed other business leaders in their letter to Trump... Silicon Valley luminaries and corporate CEOs have increasingly leaned in on Trump recently. Several chief executives rebuked the president over his handling of the white nationalist Charlottesville protests that turned deadly on August 12 [2017]. 

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31 August 2017

Open Letter from Leaders of American Industry

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 the top 25 Fortune 500 companies count DACA recipients among their employees. Unless we act now to preserve the DACA program, all 780,000 hardworking young people will lose their ability to work legally in this country, and every one of them will be at immediate risk of deportation. Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions. Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy. With them, we grow and create jobs. They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage. We call on President Trump to preserve the DACA program. We call on Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act or legislation that provides these young people raised in our country the permanent solution they deserve.

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