Group of companies in technology and other industries are planning to form a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young illegal immigrants in the U.S. a path to permanent residency, Reuters reports. According to one document, the Coalition for the American Dream will ask the Congress to pass a legislation that would allow the “Dreamers” to stay in the U.S.
The names of Alphabet Inc’s Google, Microsoft Corp, Facebook Inc, Intel Corp, Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], IBM Corp, Marriott International Inc and other are on the list of the companies that want the Dreamers to stay. Other companies like Intel, Uber and Univision Comunications Inc also confirmed their membership.
“Uber joined the Coalition for the American Dream because we stand with the Dreamers. We’ve also held town halls, provided legal support and launched an online Dreamer Resource Center for any of our drivers,” said Matthew Wing, Uber’s spokesman.
After President Donald Trump decided to allow the Deferred Action for Childhiid Arrivals (DACA) program to expire in March, about 800 companies have signed a letter to Congressional leaders calling for legislation protecting Dreamers. Many of those companies now support the new coalition.
“Dreamers are part of our society, defend our country, and support our economy,” said one of the coalition documents.
Reuters reports that 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies employ DACA recipients. Trump left the fate of DACA in the hands of Congress and there may be some action in December, when Congress must pass a spending bill to keep the government open.
“No politician wants to go home for the holidays and read stories about how this is going to be DACA recipients’ last holidays in the U.S.,” said Todd Schulte, president of FWD.us, and added that the situation will escalate until the end of the year.