Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Over 100 CEOs urge Congress to protect Dreamers in open letter

Over 100 CEOs urge Congress to protect Dreamers in open letter

The Dreamers featured in the video were all brought to the United States as children by their parents who were fleeing danger or seeking better economic and educational opportunities for their children.

"Our Dreamers are fellow New Mexicans and are as American as I am".

The letter calls on Congress to get something passed before January 19 - 45 days before DACA officially ends on March 5th.

The CEOs have settled upon this day as they maintain that doing so will give the government some time to implement a new program before DACA's expiration date.

"Dreamers" refers to a group of roughly 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were children when they arrived in the U.S. Until Trump abruptly ended it past year, a program known as, or DACA, allowed Dreamers to apply for work permits and avoid deportation.

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The letter was delivered Wednesday afternoon to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Studies by economists across the ideological spectrum have also determined that if Congress fails to act our economy could lose $215 billion in GDP.

President Donald J. Trump announced last September that the program will end on March 5, though he has said he would sign legislation to replace it if the measure also includes funds for a border wall, restrictions on family preferences in immigration and an end to a diversity visa lottery. But their lives are now hanging in the balance because of the president's heartless decision to rescind DACA. He has also urged Congress to act on the matter before the program officially ends. Republicans in Washington, including the president, have expressed support for a narrow solution for Dreamers. Large swaths of the business community have lobbied on behalf of Dreamers before. That coalition paid for the full-page ads that will run in the Times and Journal Thursday.

"While delay or inaction will cause significant negative impact to businesses, hundreds of thousands of deserving young people across the country are counting on you to work in a bipartisan way to pass permanent legislative protection for dreamers without further delay", the letter said.

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