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Big Tech To Trump: US Will Lose $460.3 billion If ‘Dreamer’ Protections Are Ended

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Big Tech To Trump: US Will Lose $460.3 billion If ‘Dreamer’ Protections Are Ended

More than 100 tech companies, including Google, Facebook, Uber and Lyft have signed onto an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit filed in California to challenge President Trump’s cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, according to Reuters.

“DACA’s rescission will inflict serious harm on U.S. companies, all workers, and the American economy as a whole,” a draft version of the document reads, according to Reuters.

If DACA is rescinded, the lawsuit says the U.S. economy would lose $460.3 billion over the next ten years and contributions to Social Security and Medicare would be reduced by $24.6 billion.

Trump rescinded DACA in September and said he would allow the program to expire in March. Former President Obama signed DACA as an executive action to protect “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

“DACA closely resembles deferred action programs adopted in the past, and complies fully with the applicable statute. The agency’s rescission of DACA, predicated entirely on that erroneous legal conclusion, therefore cannot stand,” the lawsuit says.

The amicus brief included signatories of 108 tech firms including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Tesla, SpaceX, Uber, Twitter, Verizon, Lyft, and eBay.

The lawsuit disputes Trump’s claim that “Dreamers” are taking jobs that would otherwise go to Americans, arguing that “Dreamers” are often taking jobs that companies struggle to fill with qualified workers.

“The jobs being filled by Dreamers post-DACA are largely jobs for which there is a shortage of qualified workers—not the jobs that are or could be filled by U.S.-born workers,” the lawsuit says. Indeed, since 2012, when Obama established DACA, the unemployment rate has fallen by almost half, the lawsuit says.

“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,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a public Facebook post shortly after Trump announced his cancellation of DACA.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a tweet, “Dreamers are our neighbors, our friends and our co-workers. This is their home.”


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