A large coalition of U.S. companies, many from the tech sector, sided against the Trump administration in court papers Wednesday asking a federal judge to block the rollback of a program that shields children of undocumented immigrants from deportation.
A total of 108 U.S. companies—including Google, Facebook, IBM, Twitter and Uber—signed on to an amicus brief in a group of lawsuits challenging the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA.
“Employment is not a zero-sum game,” lawyers for the companies wrote. “Dreamers are filling vacancies at companies that cannot find enough workers to fill their needs. And Dreamers’ wages lead to higher tax revenues and expansion of our national GDP—producing new jobs for all Americans.”
A team at Mayer Brown, including star Supreme Court advocate Andrew Pincus, were counsel to the brief’s signatories. A team from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr led by former U.S. Solicitor General Seth Waxman signed it on behalf of tech clients Airbnb, Square, Twitter and Yelp.
The brief cites studies that have found that the rollback of the DACA program could cause lost wages and tax revenues resulting in a $460.3 billion loss in GDP over the next decade, and $24.6 billion in lost Social Security and Medicare tax contributions.
It comes as companies are ramping up their support of undocumented workers. Less than a week ago, more than 100 human resources chiefs from major companies sent a letter to Congress pushing action to support renewal of the DACA program.
Wednesday’s amicus brief claims that the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind DACA rested solely on the conclusion that the program was unlawful. “That legal conclusion is wrong, and DHS’s rescission of DACA based on it is therefore arbitrary and capricious in violation of the [Administrative Procedures Act],” the brief says.
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