Trump, Silicon Valley and DACA? What Next?Damien Moye
Today, President Trump may make even more enemies. Because today, they expect him to end DACA. They call the program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. So this program lets young adults who came to the US as children to stay in the US. However, they have to have work permits. This is the story of Trump, Silicon Valley and DACA.
The Obama Administration started the program started with 2012. For five years, it protected hard working young adults, they nickname them Dreamers, from deportation. These workers do not yet have documents. But today, President Trump may change that. White House insiders believe Trump will end this legal protection; they also believe he will announce it today.
Most Silicon Valley leaders urge Trump to continue DACA. If they cut DACA, over 800,000 young adults could face the real possibility of deportation. Leaders petitioning on DACA’s behalf include Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg, Apple’s Tim Cook and Google’s Sundar Pichai. Then there are the 300 other CEOs. Many of them are from Silicon Valley companies like Linkedin, Lyft and Netflix. They signed a letter saying how critical Dreamers are to the US economy. In fact, Mark Zuckerberg said, “We need a government that protects Dreamers”.
What does Trump, Silicon Valley and DACA have to do with IT support and technology? Quite a bit. Because tensions between Silicon Valley and the Trump Administration are already high, and has been since the beginning. I thought, or I hoped, they could be at least tolerable with each other. But if Trump kills the DACA program, this could end the comrade. Then ask your self, “Why is Silicon Valley fighting so hard for DACA”? It’s not because out of love, but out of business! Are you aware of how many undocumented workers tech companies depend on? Are you aware of how many tech employees come from China and India alone? It doesn’t take a Ph.D. to figure out why Silicon Valley is so adamant about saving DACA. Where do you stand?