Mark Zuckerberg, Other Tech CEOs Call for Trump to Retain ‘Dreamer’ Program

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WASHINGTON — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and other CEOs are calling for President Donald Trump to retain a program that allows young undocumented immigrants to defer their deportation.

Trump is deliberating what to do about the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Fox News and other news outlets reported that he was likely to end the program while allowing individuals currently in the country to remain until their deferments expire.

But in an open letter, Zuckerberg and dozens of other CEOs wrote that “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.”

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Their letter was a signal that Trump will face a backlash from corporate America if he decides to end the program. Among those who also signed was Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon; Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix; Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple; Electronic Arts’ Jacob Schatz; Naveen Chopra, the interim CEO of Pandora; Twitter’s Jack Dorsey; Snap’s Evan Spiegel; and Randy Falco, the CEO of Univision.

So far, none of the CEOs or heads of Hollywood’s six major studios or their corporate parents have signed the letter. The issue of immigration reform is particularly acute in Silicon Valley, as firms depend on specialized tech talent from other countries. Zuckerberg co-founded the group FWD.us, which is a champion of immigration reform.

In the letter, the business leaders noted the widespread economic impact of those in the program, known as “dreamers.”

“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,” they wrote. “More than 97% are in school or in the workforce, 5% started their own business, 65% have purchased a vehicle, and 16% have purchased their first home. At least 72% of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies count DACA recipients among their employees.”

The DACA program was started in 2012 by President Barack Obama’s administration. It allowed for those who came to the U.S. before their 16th birthday to defer their deportation and obtain a work permit, under a number of conditions. The program expires every two years, so it has to be renewed.

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  1. Cris says:

    Mark Zuckerberg — Why don’t you use your money to support all these Illegal Aliens that Billion Dollars. If your investors agree that you should spend their money for these Illegal Aliens then so be it!

    Instead of the all these low income american citizens paying taxes and it just goes to those Illegal Aliens that applied and the have benefits, like free health insurance, food, financial assistance, housing and so on. Do you think that is fair…? While the others who are American citizen with low income bracket cannot get the same privilidges because they either making about 30k a year which is too small…

    So since you support Illegal Aliens coming to these country — then by all means you should give them your money and your investors money to support them and not out government. There are true American citizen who have worked and still working and paying their taxes not to give them away.

    So stop being hyprocite and used your own money to support these Illegal Aliens and since you are calling out for those Big Business — you can get together with them and use all your money support these illegal aliens and going forward who ever coming to this country, then use your own money.

  2. Jimmy Wong says:

    Mr Zuckerberg you are wrong by calling them “undocumented” they are here illegally.
    They need to leave and come back in the legal way. That is how I did it. Why should they get special treatment? We have system in place they need to abide by it. No cutting in line.

    • KT Chong says:

      “Illegal” and “undocumented” means the same thing. Does not change the fact that we already have laws on the book on how to deal with illegal/undocumented aliens.

  3. pickles says:

    Zuckerberg needs to put his money where his mouth is. Get your arse in gear and help Texas.

  4. Allan Falk says:

    Lavar ball has a 30million deal from Facebook for five years……..zuckerberg paid that family 30 million dollars !

  5. Allan Falk says:

    zuckerberg and the rest of the filthy rich are afraid the illegals they hire for below minimum wage are being shipped home where they belong……

  6. Frank says:

    Zuckerberg ….. donate your money to build the wall. You make money off of us it’s our money build the wall to protect our citizens jobs, not your low paying rip offs enabling you to steal more money out of our economy. That’s why you lost the election. Build the wall donate your/our money and this way give back what you have stolen.

    • Sam says:

      Add bezos, apple, gates, etal.
      Get the f ng job done this country is under siege by illegals; How dare our gov give these people public money, welfare needs to be abolished.
      We need this money for our infrastructure
      ( not a 20 trillion dollar deficit) and the legal citizens currently getting a free ride can be first in line to do the work.
      Disgusting pathetic supposed business leaders.

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