Recode is reporting today that Silicon Valley leaders — including the heads of Google, Apple, Amazon, Fitbit, HP Enterprise, Twitter, and Facebook — have added their voices to a group of 300 executives urging President Donald Trump to continue protecting people who were brought illegally to the United States as children (known as Dreamers) from the threat of deportation. Anita Borg Institute president and CEO Telle Whitney has also added her name to the letter.
“Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy,” wrote the corporate executives in a joint letter. “With them, we grow and create jobs. They are part of why [American businesses] will continue to have a global competitive advantage.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a separate post on his own Facebook page that read, in part, “We need a government that protects Dreamers.”
Under a policy enacted during President Barack Obama’s leadership, close to 800,000 Dreamers are allowed to continue living in the country provided that they obtain and renew work permits under a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. It’s widely expected that Donald Trump will sign an executive order today to eliminate that legal shield, fulfilling one of his most controversial campaign promises.
The Anita Borg Institute opposes the plan to repeal DACA, and stands in solidarity with all our community members affected by it. We work on behalf of all women, no matter where they were born or what their immigration status, and we are committed to creating a world in which their work contributes equally to the development and implementation of technology. We continue to call on the U.S. government to refrain from instituting policies that threaten opportunities for women, immigrants, and underrepresented minorities.
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