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Microsoft, Apple, and other major U.S. companies launch an ad campaign to help ‘Dreamers,’ with DACA on life support

Microsoft, Meta, Meta, and many other Fortune 500 companies launched an advertisement campaign Thursday to urge Congress to pass a new law to secure the fates of “Dreamers” migrants. This was part of a desperate effort to save protections, as federal courts are likely to repeal the executive order that protected them since 2012.

Both Republican and Democratic Senate aides believe the effort is unlikely to succeed and that Dreamers will lose their work authorization and be subject to deportation in the first half of next year. Republicans are likely to increase their representation in Congress in November’s midterm election. They are opposed to Dreamer’s protection unless Democrats make substantial concessions to strengthen border security and turn off asylum-seekers.

Over 600,000 Dreamers, migrants who came to the U.S. as minors but do not have legal status, are covered by the executive order of 2012, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA). Advocates claim that hundreds of thousands more are eligible.

The ad is in The Wall Street Journal and The Dallas Morning News. It warns congressional leaders about the economic consequences of ending DACA.

“Collectively we are the backbone of an American economy that is facing enormous workforce challenges due to the pandemic. “We face another crisis if Congress doesn’t act on an issue which has strong bipartisan support by the American people,” stated the letter signed by Target, Starbucks, and Microsoft as well as MGM Resorts, MGM Resorts, Meta, Apple, Google, and Meta as well as the Business Roundtable.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has recently ruled DACA illegal, but it allowed over 600,000 DACA recipients to keep their status while a lower court reviewed a DACA rule that the Biden administration had proposed.

Andrew Hannen, U.S. District Court for Southern Texas judge, requested more information from both parties last Friday. Because he considered the previous version of DACA illegal, he is expected to vote against the new DACA rule.

This case could eventually be heard by the Supreme Court. Although Trump’s administration was blocked by the 2020 justices, experts believe that the Supreme Court will rule DACA illegal because it permits undocumented migrants to work authorization.

Advocates for DACA claim that the recent court rulings will end DACA.

“Tragically the 5th Circuit, courts have made it very clear that they did not rule that the current DACA rule was illegal but that the new DACA rules will be illegal too,” stated Todd Schulte. FWD.US is a group that advocates for DACA continuation. “DACA is a dead program. Congress must pass something in the lame duck. This could be the last chance to prevent nearly 700,000 DACA recipients from being deported and forced from their jobs.

Tim Cook, the Apple CEO, stated that “Dreamers are an integral part of the fabric and culture of our country.” They strengthen our communities and make our companies more innovative, so they have the right to live in America with dignity. I agree with the bipartisan majority that Dreamers should be granted permanent protections. It is time for Congress to take action.

To pass DACA legislation, at least 10 Republicans would have to sign on, which is unlikely according to Senate aides from both Republican offices and Democratic offices.

Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), chair of the Judiciary Committee subcommittee for immigration said that the “brutal fact” is that Congress will be a lame duck after the midterms because there is a strong possibility of Republicans taking the House.

He said, “I welcome the increased engagement and advocacy of [the business community],” “Anything that can add to the urgency is also welcomed.”

According to a Republican aide, the “business community underestimates the difficulty of passing legislation on this topic and tends to misunderstand the political environment.”

In 2013, the Republican Party’s long-standing influence in the business community was exposed. The Chamber of Commerce and other business leaders supported a comprehensive overhaul of immigration policy. It passed the Democratic-led Senate but died in the GOP-controlled House. This was despite the opposition of conservatives to legalization programs.

GOP opposition to slimmer bills to normalize Dreamers’ status has also been faced by the Trump administration. This is because conservatives insist on combining normalization with reductions to family-based immigration.

A Republican aide stated that there is no chance of immigration legislation being passed while Joe Biden is President.

“Now, nobody trusts Democrats in the Biden administration that they will enforce the law or crackdown on illegal immigrants. “Until that happens, there’s no deal to be had,” the Republican aide stated.

A Democratic aide said that an ad buy can only do so much for the business community and encouraged companies to use their lobbying power to reach out to individual Republicans about DACA and immigration reform.

The Democratic aide stated that “from what I’m hearing and seeing, Republicans aren’t budging on this.” “I appreciate the fact that these companies are taking this step now, but their outreach is only as effective as their efforts.”

Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said that the business community could play an important role in shaping the debate on immigration.

“Eventually, the business community will realize that we need to have immigration to solve our labor problems. There are 11 million unfilled jobs.

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