Business leaders baffled by DACA end

Business leaders express their disappointment with president Donald Trump decision to scrapp DACA, a program that protects from deportation almost 800,000 young immigrants who were brought into the United States illegally as children. Fred Katayama reports.

(BVO) – Top CEOs expressed their disappointment with U.S. president Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post: “This is a sad day for our country. The decision to end DACA is not just wrong. It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it.”

Earlier, Apple chief executive Tim Cook and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella voiced their concerns.

Marxe School of Public and International Affairs Dean David Birdsell says the business leaders are speaking out against ending DACA not only out of humanitarian concerns, but out of self-interest:


“That would create, probably, a drop in productivity overall, as we seek replacements for those workers, and as we have to train those replacements. Best-case scenario, you have 800,000, who are able to step into the jobs that those DACA recipients occupy, but, of course, they don’t come with the experience that those folks have.”

DACA was created by former president Barack Obama through an executive order. It protected from deportation nearly 800,000 immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children. It also allowed them to work legally.

The ball is now in Congress’ court. It has six months to come up with a replacement for DACA.