Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Sends Letter To Trump Asking To Protect Dreamers, Keep DACA

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"I stand with the Dreamers," wrote Mark Zuckerberg on his Facebook account. Photo: Getty Images

Before Hurricane Harvey, U.S President Donald Trump canceled former President Barack Obama coastal flood protections that aimed to make infrastructure more resilient to the effects of climate change. Now, thousands of students are in limbo, not knowing what kind of situation they will have to deal with, after Trump decided to end the 2012 program implemented by Obama, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA.

The program -which is a kind of administrative relief from deportation- was created with the purpose to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA not only gives young undocumented immigrants protection from deportation, also a work permit is part of the program that expires after two years, and is subject to renewal.

President Trump said that he will end the program by not accepting new permits and by allowing existing permits to expire with no opportunity to reapply. Obviously the news provoked negative reactions to the affected communities, who almost immediately made peaceful protests so that what was proclaimed by Trump did not take place.

Since the very first day, politicians have been divided on immigration issues related to this American immigration policy, but under the presidency of Donald Trump, DACA has been under scrutiny. In a recent press conference, Sarah Sanders, who currently serves as White House Press Secretary, told reporters Thursday, August 31, that the president has not made a final decision on what will happen to the DACA program. 

Since the Dreamers are in the fate of the government, entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the country have released an open letter encouraging President Trump to preserve the program.

"I stand with the Dreamers -- the young people brought to our country by their parents. Many have lived here as long as they can remember. Dreamers have a special love for this country because they can't take living here for granted. They understand all the opportunities they have and want nothing more than the chance to serve their country and their community. And Dreamers deserve that chance.

We need a government that protects Dreamers. Today I join business leaders across the country in calling on our President to keep the DACA program in place and protect Dreamers from fear of deportation. We're also calling on Congress to finally pass the Dream Act or another permanent, legislative solution that Dreamers deserve.

These young people represent the future of our country and our economy. They are our friends and family, students and young leaders in our communities. I hope you will join us in speaking out," wrote Zuckerberg on his official Facebook page

Please find below the open letter than can be signed by here, only by individuals who are the CEO, General Counsel, or directly report to either on behalf of the Signatory.

"As entrepreneurs and business leaders, we are concerned about new developments in immigration policy that threaten the future of young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows nearly 800,000 Dreamers the basic opportunity to work and study without the threat of deportation, is in jeopardy. 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. More than 97 percent are in school or in the workforce, 5 percent started their own business, 65 percent have purchased a vehicle, and 16 percent have purchased their first home. At least 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies count DACA recipients among their employees.

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. Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions.
Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy. With them, we grow and create jobs. They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage.

We call on President Trump to preserve the DACA program. We call on Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act or legislation that provides these young people raised in our country the permanent solution they deserve."

DACA Hundreds of immigration advocates and supporters attend a rally and march to Trump Tower in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program also known as DACA on August 30, 2017 in New York City. Immigrants and advocates across the country are waiting to hear President Donald Trump's decision on whether he will keep DACA which allows young people who immigrated to the U.S. as children to temporarily escape deportation and receive other benefits, started under President Barack Obama in 2012. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

It is unclear whether the Trump Administration will keep DACA and what it would do with the information collected through the program, but some universities will continue to assist with the initial application if a community member still wants to pursue an initial DACA application.

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Shirley Gomez has been exposed to many aspects of the art world. Besides being a Fashion Journalist, she studied Fashion Styling and Fashion Styling for Men at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Interior Design at UNIBE and Fashion Design at ITSMJ Fashion School in the Dominican Republic. She worked as a Fashion Journalist, Fashion Stylist and Social Media Manager at one of the most recognized magazines in the Dominican Republic, Oh! Magazine, as an occasional Entertainment Journalist, of the prestigious newspaper “Listín Diario”, as well as a fashion collaborator of a radio show aired in 100.9 FM SuperQ. When Shirley is not writing you can find her listening Demi Lovato or Beyonce's songs, decorating her apartment or watching Family Feud.

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