Tech Firms To Lobby For Immigrant 'Dreamers' To Remain In US

Tech Firms To Lobby For Immigrant 'Dreamers' To Remain In US

SAN FRANCISCO:  Nearly two dozen major U.S. companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters.

The Coalition for the American Dream intends to ask Congress to pass bipartisan legislation this year that would allow these immigrants, often referred to as "Dreamers," to continue working in the United States, the documents said.

Alphabet Inc's Google, Microsoft Corp, Facebook Inc, Uber Technologies Inc, IBM Corp, Marriott International Inc and other top U.S. companies are listed as members, one of the documents shows.

Uber confirmed its membership, but the other companies did not immediately comment. It is possible that plans to launch the group could change.

"Uber joined the Coalition for the American Dream because we stand with the Dreamers," Uber spokesman Matthew Wing said in a statement. "We've also held town halls, provided legal support and launched an online Dreamer Resource Center for any of our drivers... We plan to support Dreamers as long they need help."

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg co-founded in 2013 a pro-immigration reform group called Following Trump's decision, that group spearheaded sending a letter to Congress signed by 800 companies calling for legislation to protect Dreamers. Many of the companies that endorsed that letter are named as joining the new coalition.


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