Some major technology companies and industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that will allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to Media reports.
The Coalition for the American-Dream intends to ask Congress to pass-bipartisan-legislation this year to allow the immigrants, called “Dreamers”, to work in the United States, the documents said.
Intel, Uber and Univision Communications Inc confirmed their membership, but the other companies did not immediately comment. It is possible that plans to launch the group could change.
“We’re pleased to join with other organisations in urging Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers,” Intel spokesman Will Moss said in a statement.
Matthew Wing, a spokesman for Uber, said, “Uber joined the Coalition for the American Dream because we stand with the Dreamers.
“We’ve also held town halls, provided legal support and launched an online Dreamer Resource Center for any of our drivers.”
The push for this legislation comes after President Donald Trump’s September decision to allow the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to expire in March.
The program was established by former President Barack Obama in 2012, allowed approximately 900,000 illegal immigrants to obtain work permits.
Eight hundred companies signed a letter to Congressional leaders after Trump’s decision, calling for legislation protecting Dreamers.
The effort was spearheaded by a pro-immigration reform group Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg co-founded in 2013 called FWD.us.
Many of the companies that endorsed that letter are named as joining the new coalition.
The group has planned to take out ads in news publications, though this is subject to change, according to an email last week seen by Media.
“Dreamers are part of our society, defend our country, and support our economy,” said one of the coalition documents, being shared by the group to recruit additional companies.
A signup form for the group said 72 per cent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies employ DACA recipients.
Trump campaigned for president on a pledge to toughen immigration policies and build a wall along theAction may come in December, when Congress must pass a spending bill to keep the U.S. government open.
Democrats have considered insisting on help for the Dreamers as their price for providing votes that may be required to prevent a government shutdown.