IBM calls for DACA legislation by end of the year

IBM is pushing for legislation that would support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients, reports The Hill.

The tech company believes Congress can pass bipartisan legislation by the end of the year that would extend DACA protections, Chris Padilla, vice president for the government and regulatory affairs at IBM told The Hill. Mr. Padilla thinks DACA provisions could be included in a fiscal package that Congress is trying to pass by the end of the legislative session, and the company has been meeting with legislators to voice its support.

"Many tech companies have issued statements, but we're actually trying to do something," he said, according to The Hill. For example, Microsoft promised to pay its DACA employees' legal fees, if needed. 

DACA is set to expire in March, but, in early September, the Trump administration said it would move to rescind the policy. If no solution is reached, 700,000 Dreamers — undocumented individuals brought into the country as minors and permitted to stay and work in the U.S. — could be deported.

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