America’s largest corporations on Wednesday called on Congress to find a permanent route to citizenship for “dreamers” – undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children.
The move comes as President Joe Biden and the Democrats in Congress see immigration as one of their next big legislative priorities.
In a letter, a coalition of more than 100 corporations and trade associations called on Senate leaders Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., To pass the bipartisan dream law of 2021.
Members of the Coalition for the American Dream and signatories to the letter represent all major industries in the country including Facebook, General Motors, Marriott, Target, Visa and Uber.
“Persistent delay or inaction will have a significant negative economic and social impact on businesses and hundreds of thousands of deserving young people across the country,” the coalition said in the letter, first seen by CNBC.
The Democrats unveiled a comprehensive, Biden-backed immigration reform package on Feb. 18, designed to provide 11 million undocumented immigrants with a route to citizenship with an accelerated process for dreamers.
The sweeping bill faces an uphill battle in Congress as the Democrats have a slim majority in both houses. The legislation would require at least 10 Republican votes to defeat a Senate filibuster and get the bill to a final vote.
The White House and sponsors of the law recognize the possibility of a step-by-step approach to passing immigration laws. Legislators and advocates point to the Dream Act as a potential stand-alone bill that could get bipartisan support.
The bill was introduced in 2001 and was approved on February 4th by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., And Lindsey Graham, RS.C. It would provide a route to permanent legal residence and eventually citizenship for some young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
In 2012, President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action on the Arrivals of Children program after the Dream Bill was not passed in Congress on several occasions. DACA protects young undocumented immigrants who would fall under the Dream Act from deportation, but does not offer a route to citizenship.
DACA recipients who work in some coalition companies will also meet virtually with senators and employees on Wednesday to demand support for the dream law.
According to a poll by the Pew Research Center in June, about three-quarters of Americans support granting permanent legal status to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.
– CNBC’s Ylan Mui contributed to this report.
Read the letter and list of signatories below:
Dear Leader Schumer and Leader McConnell:
The Coalition for the American Dream is an organization of business leaders who represent all major sectors of the US economy and more than half of the American private sector workforce.
Our top 100+ companies and trade associations proudly employ thousands of dreamers who were brought to this country as children and raised as Americans. As you know, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently reintroduced the bipartisan dream law of 2021 (p.264) which would offer these young people a permanent legislative solution and end their limbo in for years. If passed, this law would give them the long overdue opportunity to apply for lawful permanent residence and eventually citizenship if they continue to meet certain requirements.
We strongly support this important piece of legislation and we ask you and your colleagues to review and adopt it over the next few weeks. Poll after poll has shown that the overwhelming majority of Americans in both political parties support dreamers. They are important members of our workforce, industry and communities and have adhered to the laws and regulations of our country to qualify under the conditions set out in the Dream Law. They are vital to the strength of our nation, especially now that tens of thousands of them are currently serving as indispensable frontline personnel in the fight against COVID-19.
Studies by economists across the ideological spectrum have also found that if Congress fails to act, our economy could lose $ 350 billion in GDP and the federal government could lose $ 90 billion in tax revenue. Persistent delay or inaction will have a significant negative economic and social impact on businesses and hundreds of thousands of deserving young people across the country.
Thank you in advance for your consideration, and we hope you will work together to advance this important bipartisan piece of legislation.
The coalition for the American dream
National Retail Federation
US Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Manufacturers
National Council of Chain Restaurants
Levi Strauss & Co.
American Hotel & Lodging Association
InterContinental Hotels Group
Association of Leading Retailers
Johnson & Johnson
The Association of Personnel Managers
Host Hotels & Resorts
MGM Resorts International
Consumer Technology Association
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
With the Dash
Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
Essential Worker Immigration Coalition
year for year
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
American Education Council
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Society for human resource management
National Milk Producers Federation
Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association
Latinx Startup Alliance
Information technology industry council
Global Immigration Council
National Immigration Forum
National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
Association of American Universities
American Immigration Lawyers Association
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
TESOL International Association
Wasserman & Associates