A coalition of large corporations and trading groups, representing more than half of American private workers, wrote on President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats beat Trump for commuting Roger Stone: “The most corrupt president in history” Trump confirms the U.S. cyber attack on the Russian troll farm Trump in 2018 and tweets his support for Goya Foods under the boycott MORE on Saturday, he asked him to maintain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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“As major American employers and employers’ organizations, we strongly recommend that you maintain the DACA program,” the letter said. “DACA recipients have been important members of our workforce, industry and communities for years and have followed our country’s laws and regulations to maintain their DACA status.”
The letter cited a public poll that found that most Americans are in favor of protecting “dreamers”, the young immigrants who were brought illegally to the United States as children.
“This is neither a time to disrupt the economic recovery of our businesses and communities, nor a time to endanger the health and safety of these vulnerable people,” the letter said. “We ask that you leave DACA in place and not take any additional administrative measures that would adversely affect the DACA program.”
The letter comes after the Supreme Court suppressed Trump’s first attempt to overturn DACA and decided last month that the administration had failed to provide a reasonable justification for ending the program in accordance with federal law requirements. However, the court clarified that Trump was authorized to suspend the program and essentially forced the president to try again or risk appearing to withdraw.
Several sources told The Hill that the Trump administration should move ahead this week with its second attempt to overturn the DACA, though the exact timing has not yet been determined.
Trump raised his eyebrows on Friday when he said in an interview with Telemundo that he was working on an executive regulation that would include a path to citizenship for “dreamers.” The comments were annoyed by conservatives, and the White House tried to clarify the President’s message.
“As the President announced today, he is working on an implementing regulation to set up a performance-based immigration system to further protect US workers,” Judd Deere, spokesman for the press, said in a statement. “In addition, the President has long stated that he is ready to work with Congress on a negotiated solution for DACA that could include citizenship, strong border security and permanent reforms based on merit. This does not include an amnesty. “
The Trump administration abolished DACA in 2017, an Obama-era program that protects certain undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation. The move was a key feature of the President’s initial efforts to limit immigration after he took office.