Tech giants join forces to urge Trump to preserve DACA



President-elect
Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence meet with
technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New
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Dozens of tech-industry titans are joining forces to urge
President Donald Trump to maintain protections for undocumented
immigrants who are covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals program.

That program, better known by the acronym DACA, is an Obama-era
policy that shields immigrants from deportation if they were
brought to the US illegally as children.

Trump was expected to announce changes to DACA on Friday, ahead
of a deadline by which 10 attorneys general threatened to sue
over the program if Trump did not take action.

Executives from Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and many
others echoed other business leaders in their letter to Trump,
saying “All DACA recipients grew up in America, registered with
our government, submitted to extensive background checks, and are
diligently giving back to our communities and paying income
taxes.” their
joint letter read
.

“Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and
$24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions,”
if DACA recipients lose their protections and face deportation,
the letter continued, calling dreamers “vital to the future of
our companies and our economy.”

The letter was posted on FWD.us, a bipartisan organization backed
by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other top tech industry
executives. Dozens of them have signed the letter, including
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who
wrote in a separate statement
on Thursday: “DACA recipients
bring a wide array of educational and professional backgrounds
that enable them to contribute in crucial ways to our nation’s
workforce.”

Silicon Valley luminaries and corporate CEOs have increasingly
leaned in on Trump recently. Several chief executives
rebuked the president
over his handling of the white
nationalist Charlottesville protests that turned deadly on August
12.

Trump has previously wavered on his support for DACA,
saying in February
, “We are going to deal with DACA with
heart,” and calling the deliberations “very, very difficult.”

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