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Why Are Big Companies Supporting Dreamers?

The Trump administration has made another move that will change the way immigration works moving forward. In September, it was announced that the administration would end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. However, officials haven’t completely shut the door on Dreamers, as Congress was given a six-month deadline to come up with a solution to save some 690,000 DACA recipients from deportation. Now, as law makers try to put together a solution, the business sector is chipping in by supporting Dreamers during this complex process.

Companies Are Supporting Dreamers, But Why?

Over 60 trade organizations and companies are uniting to help Dreamers and push Congress to arrive at a solution that will save these young immigrants from deportation. Among these businesses are: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, General Motors, Google, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Microsoft and many more. They have launched a digital ad campaign asking for bipartisan legislation that secures the futures of Dreamers, and they want that legislation done this year.

DACA protects young undocumented individuals who were brought to this country as children by delaying deportation. It also allows them to get driver’s licenses, secure jobs and enroll in colleges. If these individuals were deported, the companies campaigning for Dreamers estimates that the economy could lose $215 billion from the country’s GDP as well as $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare contributions.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, during a special press event, reaffirmed the important role Dreamers in today’s society. He reaffirmed that these people have only known a life in America and love our country more than most. He believes they deserve an opportunity to be citizens, but some may be having difficulty in these tough political times.

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California to Become “Sanctuary State.” What Does It Mean?

In early October 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that would vastly limit who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities. The bill, Senate Bill 54, will take effect in January, making California a “sanctuary state.”

Opponents of the bill have blasted it as “unconscionable,” including U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The bill contributes to an ongoing national debate on how much authority cities and states have when creating policy to prevent local officers from enforcing federal immigration law. Gov. Brown, in a signing message in support of the bill, noted that the bill does not actually prevent or prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from doing their jobs. President Trump’s immigration chief disagrees, saying it would hinder federal agents in their work and lead to at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at work sites.

What SB 54 Does and Does Not Do

There are over 2 million estimated illegal immigrants in the state of California alone. SB 54 prohibits law enforcement agents from asking about a person’s immigration status as well as participating in any program that uses them as immigration agents. The bill does not prevent immigration agents from interviewing inmates in jails and does allow ICE access to law enforcement databases. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is exempt from many of these restrictions. Local law enforcement will also have access to an expanded amount of criminal conviction types to share and transfer.

The bill is likely to face legal challenges from opponents.

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