On Wednesday, Target Corp, PepsiCo and Walmart Stores joined a growing group of more than 800 companies that have called for legislation in the U.S. through a letter, that would protect immigrants, who were brought to the U.S. illegally while just young children, from being deported, according to FWD.us the organizer.
The retailers as well as other companies are asking Congress to pass permanent legislation that replaces the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals known as DACA, which is a reflection of the growing pressure on U.S. political leaders to come up with a solution for the close to 800,000 immigrants called “Dreamers.”
Another groups of companies, less than 50% of the size, and leaning toward tech companies sent a letter that was similar last month, prior to the president saying he would end the DACA program.
The most recent letter reflects the decision by President Donald Trump and asks for there to be a permanent solution to allow DACA recipients to stay in the U.S.
Trump announced that the DACA immigrants who hold work permits expiring prior to March could apply to have them renewed for two more years, if they do that prior to October 5.
Both the letters were the idea of FWD.us, a group that is pro-immigration that was co-founded by CEO at Facebook Mark Zuckerberg.
The first letter had signatories that included major tech companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Amazon, as well as Google.
However, over a number of days, a broader swath of the economy in the U.S. from Viacom the media company to TPG a private equity company signed the letter.
That business leaders across every major sector in the economy have come out and asked Congress to approval permanent legislation for the member of DACA shows immediately that it is an issue that is bipartisan with strong support, said the president at FWD.us Todd Schulte.
The DREAM Act was first introduced in 2001 in Congress and would provide the group of Dreamers with a path to U.S. citizenship, after first being a permanent resident.
DACA, which is a set of President Barack Obama executive orders, established in 2012, did not provide a path to citizenship, which would need the approval through an act of Congress.
Some conservatives object in particular to offering the DACA recipients citizenship, activists including United We Dream are also encouraging DACA members and companies they are employed by to be public about the situation they are facing.