Earlier this year, President Donald Trump announced his decision to allow the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to expire in March 2018 if the United States Congress fails to implement new legislation. In an effort to drum up support for Dreamers, those enrolled in DACA, General Motors and Apple joined a newly formed coalition urging Congress to act.
The Coalition for the American Dream includes other notable companies such as Microsoft and Amazon and it hopes to encourage bipartisan legislation to protect individuals working and living in the United States through the program, according to Reuters. More than 60 businesses joined the group, with Apple and General Motors among the most recent.
“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, will be forced from their jobs, and will be subject to immediate deportation from the country they grew up in,” the coalition pronounced in an advertisement.
DACA gives some minors brought into the United States illegally a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation. It also grants the eligibility for work permits. Arguments exist on both sides of the political spectrum. On one hand, the individuals had no choice when they were brought into the country illegally. On the other hand, any legislation would likely provide a pathway to U.S. citizenship.
Ahead of President Trump’s announcement, General Motors CEO Mary Barra joined numerous other executives in penning a letter to the president discouraging the end of DACA. The letter argued the deportation of Dreamers would cost $460 billion.