BUSINESS/DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/LOBBYING/POLITICS: “Large U.S. businesses and their lobby groups are redoubling a push for legislation to protect young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, urging lawmakers to act before the year is out.
On Wednesday [11-15-17], executives from about 40 companies plan to travel to Capitol Hill to lobby members of Congress, with some of them bringing along so-called Dreamers who work for them. Also this week, the advocacy group Fwd.us, which is backed by tech companies, is releasing a study documenting the number of people who will lose their jobs if Congress doesn’t act.
Early next month, a group called New American Economy is planning a day of pro-Dreamer events across the country, involving local chambers of commerce and business leaders.
The push comes as key Senate Republicans work to find a package of immigration measures that can win bipartisan support. A group of GOP senators is close to agreement on a package that includes border security measures along with legalization for a band of young undocumented immigrants who are now protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.”
-Laura Meckler, “Business Groups Step Up Push to Protect Dreamers,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 14, 2017 07:00am