With DACA, tech must do more than just tweet. Here’s what you need to know.
California depends on DACA.
We stand with our 800,000 Dreamer brothers and sisters against the repeal of DACA, and we urge you to join us.
Dreamers were brought by their parents to this country in search of opportunity, and this is their home. Most came under the age of six and know no other place. This is where they belong. When DACA was implemented in 2012, they shared information on their undocumented status and identities based on trust in our government, which is now planning to use that trust to turn that information against them and their families.
DACA is not about amnesty nor is it a path to citizenship. It is about allowing productive members of society to work, study, and contribute in numerous ways to our country. And we have seen many contributions: Under DACA, 91% of Dreamers are currently employed. They pay $2 billion a year in taxes today. Thousands of Dreamers currently serve in the U.S. military. They will generate $433 billion in GDP contribution over the next 10 years. Further, it will cost taxpayers $60 billion to deport all the Dreamers.
Put simply, this does not make economic sense. At all. But beyond economics, this is an inhumane, racist, and cruel decision. We must do something about it.
We applaud tech leaders and companies who take a stand. But in times like this, we need more than a stand. We need action. Kudos to Microsoft for publicly standing by all Dreamers and for announcing their commitment to fight for their Dreamer employees and to provide legal support throughout the process. We hope other companies follow.