In what is said to be a major step taken by tech companies, more than two dozen companies are joining hands to launch a movement seeking legislation to allow young illegal immigrants a road to redemption. Sources have indicated that these technology companies are seeking a path to permanent residency for these aspiring young Dreamers, the nickname for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – a program President Donald Trump plans to shut down.
The congregation, known as The Coalition for the American Dream, is planning to ask Congress to pass the bipartisan legislation that would allow Dreamers to stay in the United States and continue working.
Companies like Google, Microsoft Corp., Amazon, Facebook, Intel Corp., Uber Technologies, IBM Corp., Marriott International Inc. and other top companies in the U.S. are listed members of The Coalition.
Some of the companies have yet to confirm their membership in this coalition, but we have confirmed the membership of Amazon, Intel, Uber and Univision Communications Inc. Sources are also indicate a possible change of plans to launch the group.
Intel spokesperson Will Moss commented, “We’re pleased to join with other organizations in urging Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers.”
Matthew Wing, a spokesperson for Uber stated, “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.”
The group is pushing for this legislation after President Trump recently allowed the DACA program to expire in March. This program was initiated by former President Barack Obama in 2012, allowing more than 900,000 illegal immigrants to procure work permits.