It’s nearly decision time for another important piece of policy for the Trump administration. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ (DACA) fate rests with President Donald Trump, which 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.
As a decision looms, General Motors CEO Mary Barra has joined a handful of other prominent executives to urge the president against the end of DACA. Fortune reports an open letter by Barra and executives from HP, Microsoft and others was published in defense of “Dreamers.”
The letter reads in part:
[Those affected by DACA] 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 a home. At least 75 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies count DACA recipients as their employees.
The letter goes on to say the deportation of Dreamers would cost the U.S. $460 billion.
Barra most recently lost her closest seat to President Donald Trump after his Strategic and Economic Policy Forum was disbanded. The president dissolved the forum for private executives after many resigned their seat in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Virgina.