Business leaders are reiterating their support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and asking Congress to step in after the Trump Administration formally said it is ending the Obama-era program.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday that DACA, which protects 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, “is being rescinded.” The Department of Homeland Security will stop processing new applications today.
The administration signaled its plan to end the program last week, and business leaders banded together to ask President Trump and Congress to reconsider. Amazon (, Tech30) CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple ( , Tech30) CEO Tim Cook and Snapchat ( ) CEO Evan Spiegel as well as hundreds of other executives signed a letter calling on the president to preserve the program.
The DHS said that it will continue to renew permits that expire in the next six months, giving Congress some time to figure out how to continue to protect current DACA recipients.
Here’s what CEOs and other leaders have to say.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg was one of over 400 CEOs to sign the letter asking Trump and Congress to save DACA. “This is a sad day for our country,” he said in a Facebook (, Tech30) post Tuesday following Session’s announcement. “The decision to end DACA is not just wrong. It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it.”
Zuckerberg added, “It’s time for Congress to act to pass the bipartisan Dream Act or another legislative solution that gives Dreamers a pathway to citizenship.”
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg also posted a reaction on Facebook. “I’m heartbroken and deeply concerned that President Trump’s administration has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program,” she wrote on Tuesday.
“Dreamers deserve to be protected and live without fear. I’m standing with them and their families today — and asking Congress to pass the DREAM Act or other permanent legislation right away to give them a much-needed path to citizenship.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook
In a letter to employees obtained by CNNMoney, Cook said “I am deeply dismayed that 800,000 Americans — including more than 250 of our Apple coworkers — may soon find themselves cast out of the only country they’ve ever called home.”
Dreamers, he said, “help customers in our retail stores. They engineer the products people love and they’re building Apple’s future as part of our R&D teams. They contribute to our company, our economy and our communities just as much as you and I do. Their dreams are our dreams.”
Cook assured employees that “Apple will work with members of Congress from both parties to advocate for a legislative solution that provides permanent protections for all the Dreamers in our country.”