The American Dream Coalition, which unites unions, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and large corporations such as Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google, has asked United States President Donald Trump to maintain the Delayed Action Program for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA), thanks to which almost 700,000 “dreamers”, immigrants who have entered the country illegally as minors enjoy special protection.
“As a large organization of workers and employers, we urge you to keep the DACA program in place,” the coalition said in a public statement. “DACA beneficiaries have been important employees in our industries and communities for years and have complied with the law of our country,” they emphasized.
The more than 140 signatory organizations include companies such as Marriott, Target, Uber, Lyft or the National Retail Federation. The letter is reminiscent of surveys that show that most Americans support the protection of dreamers.
In particular, they believe that “this is not the time to hinder the economic recovery of our businesses and communities or to endanger the health and safety of those in need of protection”.
Last month, the Supreme Court overturned Trump’s first attempt to overthrow DACA on the grounds that there is no adequate justification for the initiative, as required by federal law. However, the statement makes it clear that Trump is authorized to end the program, forcing the president to try again or otherwise demonstrate his resignation from the initiative.