By September 5, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – which protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation, could come to an end. It’s been several weeks of conflicting reports about whether President Donald Trump will put an end to the program that has shielded nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants.
“As entrepreneurs and business leaders, we are concerned about new developments in immigration policy that threaten the future of young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children,” the letter, which was posted on Zuckerberg’s FWD.us, reads. “…Unless we act now to preserve the DACA program, all 780,000 hardworking young people will lose their ability to work legally in this country, and every one of them will be at immediate risk of deportation. Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions. Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy. With them, we grow and create jobs. They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage.”
In the past, Trump has praised DACA recipients and stated he has a “big heart” for the beneficiaries. The Barack Obama program has allowed undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows so they can work, attend school, and live without fear of deportation. However the program is facing one of its biggest threats. Recently attorney generals have called on Trump to rescind the program.
Since Obama didn’t get congressional approval to give life to DACA, Trump has the ability to end the program. If Trump doesn’t meet the AGs’ demands by September 5, they will sue the government.