By Harper Neidig
October 20, 2017
Major tech companies are forming a new group to advocate for young immigrants brought to the country without proper documentation, Reuters reported Thursday.
The group, called the Coalition for the American Dream, will lobby Congress to pass legislation to shield so-called “Dreamers” — those who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children — from deportation.
Its members include Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon and Uber. The coalition will also include top companies outside of the tech world, like Marriott.
“Uber joined the Coalition for the American Dream because we stand with the Dreamers,” Uber spokesman Matthew Wing told Reuters. “We’ve also held town halls, provided legal support and launched an online Dreamer Resource Center for any of our drivers.”
“We’re pleased to join with other organizations in urging Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers,” an Intel spokesman added in a statement.
Tech companies mobilized after the Trump administration announced last month that it would be phasing out the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which covered nearly 800,000 people. The program gave the Dreamers protection from deportation and made them eligible for a work permit.
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