With the demand for legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition, according to reports by the media.
The documents said that in order to allow those immigrants, often referred to as “Dreamers,” continue working in the United States, the Coalition for the American Dream intends to ask Congress to pass bipartisan legislation this year.
The documents also show that Marriott International Inc, Uber Technologies Inc, IBM Corp, Facebook Inc, Intel Corp, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Microsoft Corp and other top U.S. companies are listed as members.
While there were no immediate comments from most of the tech companies, Intel, Uber and Univision Communications Inc confirmed their membership. Plans to launch the group could change is a possibility.
“We’re pleased to join with other organizations in urging Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers,” Intel spokesman Will Moss said in a statement.
Matthew Wing, a spokesman for Uber, said, “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.”
In September, President Donald Trump decided to allow the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to expire in March and the push for this legislation comes after that decision. Approximately 900,000 illegal immigrants are allowed to obtain work permits by that program which was established by former President Barack Obama in 2012.
Calling for legislation protecting Dreamers, some 800 companies signed a letter to Congressional leaders after Trump’s decision. A pro-immigration reform group Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg co-founded in 2013 called FWD.us spearheaded that effort.
Named as joining the new coalition are many of the companies that endorsed that letter. According to an email last week, the group has planned to take out ads in news publications, though this is subject to change.
“Dreamers are part of our society, defend our country, and support our economy,” said one of the coalition documents, which is being shared by the group to recruit additional companies.
72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies employ DACA recipients, a signup form for the group said.
Building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and toughening of immigration policies were the pledges that Trump campaigned for president on. He has left the fate of DACA up to Congress.
When Congress must pass a spending bill to keep the U.S. government open in December is the time when action might be seen. As their price for providing votes that may be required to prevent a government shutdown, Democrats have considered insisting on help for the Dreamers.
“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, in an interview earlier on Thursday. He declined to comment on the new coalition.
“You will see this continue to escalate until the end of the year,” he said.
(Adapted from Reuters)