Mark Zuckerberg 'Stands With Dreamers' In Moving Facebook Post Defending DACA

"Dreamers have a special love for this country because they can't take living here for granted."

The Trump administration has been debating the future of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) for months, but an upcoming deadline on an ultimatum might just force the president's hand. With that in mind, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other important figures in tech are coming out strongly in defense of the Obama-era policy enacted in 2012 which protects children who were brought into the U.S. illegally from deportation by permitting them to work and attend school.

In a Facebook post shared on August 31, Zuckerberg made his stance on DACA abundantly clear as he declared his support for "Dreamers" — AKA children of undocumented immigrants who have often known no other home than the United States.

"I stand with the Dreamers — the young people brought to our country by their parents. Many have lived here as long as they can remember," Zuckerberg begins. "Dreamers have a special love for this country because they can't take living here for granted. They understand all the opportunities they have and want nothing more than the chance to serve their country and their community. And Dreamers deserve that chance."


The new father of two continues, "We need a government that protects Dreamers. Today I join business leaders across the country in calling on our President to keep the DACA program in place and protect Dreamers from fear of deportation. We're also calling on Congress to finally pass the Dream Act or another permanent, legislative solution that Dreamers deserve."

The other business leaders Zuck mentioned include, per Buzzfeed News, executives at Uber and Microsoft who said Dreamers "deserve the opportunity to work, study, and pursue the American dream," and called them "part of our nation's universities and work in every major industry," respectively.

In addition, the publication notes the letter defending DACA Zuckerberg urges people to sign at the end of his post was also endorsed by Lyft cofounders Logan Green and John Zimmer, Google's CEO Sundar Pichai, Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and many others.

According to Fox News, the current administration could put an end to DACA as early as September 1, because the president was previously issued an ultimatum by 10 state attorneys general who have threatened to head to court and start a legal battle if the policy isn't dismantled by September 5.

Zuckerberg previously showed his support for DACA earlier this summer when he and wife Priscilla Chan announced on June 30 that they will be providing 400 college scholarships to Dreamers. "We'll keep working to improve education and build stronger communities for everyone," he said at the time.


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