The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program was instituted under President Obama’s administration. Now, President Trump has announced its end. DACA was a program that allowed children who entered the United States illegally to remain in the country. The business community and various other people have been reacting to the rollback of the program -many of them were furious about the decision.
Over 400 business executives have signed a letter which has been forwarded to the president and congressional leaders. They warn that the immigrants whom they termed “dreamers” were vital to the economy. The message by the business leaders and companies was aired on different channels to express their disapproval.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook left a long message on his personal Facebook page that read:
“This is a sad day for our country. The decision to end DACA is not just wrong. It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it.”
Source: The New York Times
Other business CEOs that reacted to the decisions include Timothy D. Cook of Apple, the president and chief legal officer of Microsoft, Brad Smith, Devin Wenig, the chief executive of eBay and the chief executive of Cisco, Chuck Robbins. The outrage of the business community is not out of place considering the fact that Apple and Alphabet -two highly-valued companies -were co-founded by children of immigrants.
Since he came into office, Donald Trump has been making decisions and policy reversals that seem to be a direct attack on past administration. It is now hard to determine if the decisions are in the best interest of the nation or a careless use of power.
It was Attorney General Jeff Sessions who broke the news. Unless Congress passes a law, about 800,000 people -the so-called “dreamers” – are at risk of deportation. Immigrants are usually enthusiastic and determined to not only survive but become a national and international symbol of success. Hence, it is okay to call them “Dreamers” – and dreams do come true for some of them.
Republicans were, initially, not in support of President Trump rescinding the DACA. However, the story changed when the final decision was taken. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, issued a statement in support of the decision but urged Congress to replace it. The statement read:
“Congress writes laws, not the president, and ending this program fulfills a promise that President Trump made to restore the proper role of the executive and legislative branches At the heart of this issue are young people who came to this country through no fault of their own It is my hope that the House and Senate will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country.”