Tech Industry Celebrates SCOTUS Decision On DACA Dreamers
The Supreme Court’s controversial ruling Thursday that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients can continue to live and work in the United States without deportation was roundly celebrated by organizations from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
The ruling effectively allowed nearly 800,000 foreign-born young people, known as “Dreamers,” to remain in the U.S., blocking President Trump’s contentious efforts to make them leave.
In making the 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts cast the swing vote that derailed at least part of the President’s efforts to restrict immigration.
Robert’s ruling cited a lack of adequate justification given by the government for ending the federal program, leaving open the door for the Trump administration to try again by providing a more detailed rationale for such a move. Whether or not President Trump would attempt such a divisive action in the current climate with a presidential election coming in November, remains to be seen.
To qualify as a “Dreamer,” individuals must have come to the country when they were younger than 16, and continued to comply with a series of stringent rules.
Following the decision, the President issued an angry Tweet stating: “These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives. We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!”
Angry Trump supporters took to Twitter after the Court’s decision saying it will allow non-citizens brought to this country illegally as children to apply for protection from deportation, while competing against native-born citizens for college placement space and resources.
Others, backed by many members of Congress and including many leaders in the technology sector, view many of these Dreamers as intelligent, motivated achievers with the potential to contribute to the country’s efforts to build innovation, lead further technological achievements and make other contributions to advance society and the economy.
Moments after the decision was announced, CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro (pictured at top) issued a statement saying: “Dreamers come to the United States as children and grow up to become a part of the fabric of American society. In fact, more than 90% of DACA recipients are employed. From their courageous service in our armed forces and medical professions to serving on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19, these immigrants deserve the opportunity to continue pursuing the American dream.
“The Supreme Court’s decision to allow the DACA program to continue will ensure our nation’s economic competitiveness now and in the future. Our immigration system should welcome and incentivize the world’s best and brightest to live and work in the United States. We need high-skilled immigrants as part of our workforce to continue to be a leader in technology and innovation. Immigrants and children of immigrants play a key role in founding and leading innovative, fast-growing companies including Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Intel, NVIDIA and more that create jobs for American workers.
“Today’s decision was a step in the right direction, but U.S. immigration law should be modernized. CTA will continue to work with Congress to pass bipartisan immigration legislation that strengthens our nation by welcoming those who wish to ensure America is the most prosperous, economically competitive and innovative country in the world.”
Shapiro’s sentiments echoed the sentiments expressed by many Silicon Valley leaders after the President first announced his plan to go after the DACA recipients. Hundreds of these tech leaders co-signed a letter that was sent to Trump titled “Leaders of American Industry on DACA.” Among some of the more notable names on the letter were Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Hewlett CEO Meg Whitman, Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey..
Back when Trump initiated that action, Nadella posted a statement on the Microsoft web site stating: “As a CEO, I see each day the direct contributions that talented employees from around the world bring to our company, our customers and to the broader economy. We care deeply about the DREAMers who work at Microsoft and fully support them. We will always stand for diversity and economic opportunity for everyone. It is core to who we are at Microsoft and I believe it is core to what America is.
“This is the America that I know and of which I am a proud citizen. This is the America that I love and that my family and I call home. And this is the America that I will always advocate for.”
Waiting to be seen is how Senate Republicans respond to the decision. After Trump announced his plan to end DACA back in 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the Obama Administration program “a fundamental mistake.”
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By Greg Tarr
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